Righting a Grave Injustice
In recent times I have read quite a bit about Coiste na n-Iarchimi proposals to have the British Government indicted for the suffering and carnage caused to many Irish people and their families during internment.
Last year on the fortieth anniversary of internment a representative of this group claimed. ‘We intend to force the British Government to acknowledge the injustice of internment and the effects that imprisonment without trial had on individuals concerned and the community as a whole.’
If this group are truly sincere about righting such a grave injustice, why then, do they remain so muted when it comes to a more recent British injustice, the internment of Marian Price?
Sadly it is not only these groups which appear to be stifled on this issue. Unbelievably, unexplainably and quite shamefully there is a serious dearth in the number of former ex-prisoners and ex-internees adding their voices or their feet to the ongoing campaign for Marian’s release.
Maybe expectations of justice are somewhat misplaced against the contrived tapestry of unrelenting apology and accommodation. Or maybe justice is destined to enjoy the same precarious status as the war, reframed or reinvented in keeping with and depending on a particular audience or context.