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On BBC 1 NI and BBC 4 at 8.30pm..

Spotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History.

Episode one of an already controversial seven-part series to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of The Troubles.

Via BBC Northern Ireland:

In this episode, the Spotlight team traces how, in the 1960s, suspicion led to unrest between unionists and nationalists, undermining Northern Ireland’s government.

The arrival of the British Army in August 1969 brought a respite, and the soldiers were enthusiastically greeted as protectors by many nationalists.

That relationship was soured by fatal errors and calculated acts of violence. New information about Martin McGuinness’s role at that time is brought to light, and the episode concludes with the destruction of the Northern Ireland government, a moment when IRA members believed they were about to force the British Army out of Northern Ireland….

Spotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History

Ian Paisley supplied money to UVF for bombings in 1969, documentary claims (irish Times)

Pic montage: BBC Northern Ireland

Thanks Spaghetti Hoop

Earlier: Derek Mooney: Tackling Direct Rule Directly


Last night on BBC One, Spotlight’s Mandy McAuley investigated the use of public money to pay the rent of constituency offices of MLAs including Arlene Foster (DUP), Ross Hussey (UUP) and Sinn Féin members Martin McGuinness, Francie Molloy, Mitchel McLaughlin and Daithí McKay.

If ye can’t beat them, rob them.

The second part of the two-part exposé continues next Tuesday.

Part one is repeated tonight on BBC Two NI at 11:20pm.

Spotlight: Sir Alistair Graham calls for probe into Northern Ireland MLAs’ rent money (BBC News NI)

Previously: Kerching Féin


BBC Spotlight last night broadcast an hour-long edition about Maíria Cahill (above, pictured with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams) and her claims of sexual abuse and rape against an alleged IRA member and an alleged subsequent coverup by Sinn Féin.

Spotlight is repeated tonight on BBC Two NI at 11:20pm.

Maíria Cahill ‘told Gerry Adams’ of IRA rape claim (Jennifer O’Leary, BBC NI)

Previously: Staying In Tomorrow Night?

cahill (l-r) Jennifer O’Leary and Maíria Cahill


BBC Spotlight’s Jennifer O’Leary speaks to Maíria Cahill, a grand-niece of republican legend Joe Cahill and investigates the republican movement’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against a suspected IRA member.

BBC One, Tuesday at 10:35pm.