Friday February 28, 2020

Seamus Mallon: his courage and decency shone through the worst of times

Cathal Mac Coille recalls a conversation with the North’s former deputy first minister at a low point in the Troubles

26th January, 2020
Seamus Mallon Picture: Maxwells

We were in Seamus Mallon’s home in Markethill in November 1983, on a dark night in every sense of the word. A few hours earlier, the SDLP’s deputy leader, then a member of Armagh district council had attended a meeting in the city. There had been a row when some DUP councillors refused to stand for a minute’s silence in memory of a local Catholic man who had been killed by loyalist extremists....

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