John Larkin, the North's newly appointed Attorney-General, has ordered the Coroner's Office to hold a new inquest into the death of Francis Bradley of Castledawson, Co. Derry, who was killed by the SAS at the scene of an IRA arms dump in February 1986. The SAS soldiers who shot the 20 year-old joiner eight times amid controversial circumstances were not required to attend the initial inquest, at which their statements were read to the court.
In a separate development at the High Court in Belfast, PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggot lost an appeal against a coroner's decision to order the release of a redacted version of the Stalker / Sampson report to relatives of some of those republicans killed by E4A, an elite paramilitary police unit, in County Armagh towards the tail-end of 1982.
All of these killings were highly controversial at the time. It was (and still is) widely believed that the security services were engaged a covert policy of extra-judicial execution against those they suspected of involvement in republican paramilitary activity.
Today's developments could lead to more light being shed on the murky area of our past that is the 1980s.