IRA Apologizes for Killing Teen in 1973

The Irish Republican Army apologized for abducting and killing a Belfast teenager 31 years ago, a gesture that might signal the outlawed group’s willingness to tell the truth about other murders. Politicians have debated whether Northern Ireland would benefit from establishing a South African-style truth commission, in which killers could confess their crimes in exchange for immunity from prosecution. More than half of 3,600 killings committed during Northern Ireland’s conflict remain unsolved. Bernard Teggart, a Catholic from west Belfast, was just 15 when the IRA abducted him and his twin brother in November 1973.Full Story

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