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Episode Info: er interface with the community, with civil society. And so I would like to see something like that happen again.” As a victims’ campaigner whose wife and father-in-law were killed in the Troubles, Alan has thought much about how best to deal with the past and legacy issues.  “My own preferred way forward would have been to go back to the Consultative Group on the Past report, the Robin Eames and Denis Bradley report.  I think it was the best [proposal] and I think every time we've gone for consultation since then we have come back with something which is considerably less than what we had before.  I think that the Stormont House Agreement, and the legacy aspects of that, is the last time we can go back to the people... You can't just collectively forget about the past. You have to have some kind of a mechanism to be able to hang the past on.  It's happened in South Africa, the Balkans, Chile, Argentina and Rwanda. All of the countries that have had conflict have had something where they were able to hang their past on.  What we need in Northern Ireland is one that is tailor-made for our situation.  I absolutely believe that what we have with the Stormont House Agreement is tailor-made for our situation... I think that we need to learn from our past.” Alan believes that the constitutional question needs to be in the open, with an honest discussion about the options and their implications.  “I think that what has to happen is that those that are proposing an ‘All Ireland’ have to demonstrate and show people in the unionist community what life would be like living in Northern Ireland.  My favoured option is to stay within the union, but only if it's working financially and economically and is equal.  I suppose like many people I'm more concerned with my quality of life than I am with the kind of flag that flies...  I think that our lot is better in the union, but that was a union that was part of a wider Europe.”Holywell Trust receives support for the Forward Together Podcast through the Media Grant Scheme and Core Funding Programme of Community Relations Council and Good Relations Core Funding Programme of Derry City and Strabane District Council.  ...
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