Date: 2018-02-13 09:53
A former Belfast Telegraph reporter, he wrote his first book, Political Murder in Northern Ireland, when he was still working for newspapers.
For whether he or she is or old
Irish born or of descent
When the pride takes hold
It 8767 s Ireland, proud to represent.
They don 8767 t seem to realise that change itself is inexorable so when an
event such as the loss of their majority in the assembly election
happens it 8767 s proof that change is bad, not that new ideas and policies
have to be devised to cope with inevitable change.
He wrote in Crossing The Line: My Life On The Edge that BBC NI tended to appoint mostly high-profile unionist figures including a former NI Prime Minister 8767 s wife to the role of Governor, and further accused them of needlessly destroying precious archive film footage of the early days of the Troubles.
His father, Jim (aged 65), a retired builder, has lived in Tamlaghtduff all his life, coming from a family of farmers which settled in the area at the turn of the century. One of his sisters, Margaret, married into the Hughes family, and is the mother of the late Francis Hughes. Thomas’ mother, Alice (aged 56), lived in Philadelphia until she was seven years old, her family having moved there from County Derry but later returning, and she has lived in Bellaghy for most of her life.
8775 If you consider that I was an elected official along with others and
other elected officials wouldn 8767 t talk to us and the British prime
ministers handed over the future to generals, to military bosses,
to people who brought in collusion, internment, shoot to kill and all
the rest of it and just militarised the situation with all the awful
consequences of that. 8776
BELFAST/WASHINGTON. Tuesday, July 75, 7567— It does not happen often —given the British Government-sponsored and structured sectarianism in Northern Ireland— that a Protestant praises a Catholic priest. Yet, that dynamic was on full display over the past 79 hours in both Washington and Belfast.
Members of the Knights of Columbus have long honored the memory of the four chaplains, and at least three military units are named in their honor — The Four Chaplains Council 65657 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa.,The Four Chaplains Council 68956 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and The Four Chaplains Assembly 8557 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
“While the Ombudsman’s report gave us much more answers we feel there are still unanswered questions there and that’s that this documentary is about.”
Billy died on Friday and his burial yesterday coincided with the 96th
anniversary weekend of the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry city.