Time for Truth March

International Day for the Right to the Truth

Protests and commemorations on the International Day for the Right to the Truth. The Time for Truth Committee, made up of a group of victims’ families from some of the key legacy campaigns, is organising a series of protests across the country between 2pm – 3pm on Saturday 24th March to remember victims of the conflict […]

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Time For Truth - McGurk's Bar

Time For Truth Committee: Thank You

Thank you from the Time for Truth Committee. The families who organised the Time for Truth March in Belfast on February 25 would like to thank the thousands of people who marched with us demanding truth and those who sent messages of support, such as highly respected human rights barrister, Mike Mansfield. We would particularly like […]

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Time For Truth - McGurk's Bar

Time For Truth – McGurk’s Bar

McGurk’s Bar families were proud to walk  shoulder-to-shoulder with friends and families – Time For Truth! McGurk’s Bar activist, Ciarán MacAirt, addressed the Time For Truth March on Sunday 25th February 2018. My name is Ciarán MacAirt and I am the grandson of John and Kathleen Irvine. Kathleen was one of 15 innocent civilians murdered […]

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Time For Truth and the International Day for the Right to the Truth

Time For Truth March

Family campaign groups are calling on you to join them on the Time for Truth march, on Sunday 25th February to Belfast city hall.  McGurk’s Bar, Loughinisland, Ballymurphy, Springhill, New Lodge 6, and Kelly’s Bar families have joined together to launch news of the march, Time For Truth. John Kelly from the ‘Bloody Sunday’ campaign will […]

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Ciarán MacAirt and other McGurk's Bar family campaigners

Time For Truth – Walk With Us

My name is Ciarán MacAirt. This is my story. Now is the Time for Truth. On the 4th of December 1971 my grandmother, Kitty Irvine, was murdered in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre.   A bomb exploded in McGurk’s Bar in the New Lodge, killing fifteen civilians. Two of the dead were children as the McGurk family […]

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McGurk's Bar Massacre and the Role of British Agents

The McGurk’s Bar Massacre and the Role of British Agents

McGurk’s Bar Families hear for the first time that a high-level British agent gave intelligence about the atrocity to his police handlers.  Yesterday – and only in open court – victims and survivors of the McGurk’s Bar atrocity learned that British agent and Ulster Volunteer Force commander, Gary Haggarty, gave information to his police handlers […]

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Behind the Mask and the McGurk’s Bar Massacre

As a life-long researcher of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre which claimed the life of my grandmother and 14 other civilians including two children, I am on an eternal hunt of archives and texts for information. This search brought me to Dr. Aaron Edwards’ new book, UVF: Behind the Mask, which turned out to be quite […]

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McGurk's Bar family members meet Jim O'Callaghan TD, Justice and Equality Spokesperson

McGurk’s Bar Families Meet With Fianna Fáil Justice and Equality Spokesperson

Fianna Fáil Justice and Equality Spokesperson, Jim O Callaghan TD, met members of the McGurk’s Bar families in Leinster House.  After the meeting with the Justice and Equality Spokesperson yesterday (Monday 20th March 2017), Robert Mc Clenaghan said: Today’s meeting was important for us to present our case for a fresh Inquest to Fianna Fáil front […]

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Britain lied to the European Commission about the McGurk's Bar Massacre

Britain Lied to the European Commission about the McGurk’s Bar Massacre

As late as 1976, the British state and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) lied to the Irish Government and European Commission on Human Rights about the McGurk’s Bar Massacre, and claimed that the explosion was the result of “an IRA bomb which had exploded prematurely whilst in transit to its intended target… a hotel nearby”. Margaret […]

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A Gram of Publicity in England is Worth a Tonne in Ireland

A gram of publicity in England is worth a tonne in Ireland – letter in the Irish News by Gerard Herdman The dogged campaign for truth by families of the McGurk’s Bar victims has highlighted a sickening aspect of the English state’s war against the IRA. Disinformation designed to weaken support for the republican movement […]

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Families Appeal to NI SoS for Release of Collusion File

The campaigning families of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre victims appeal to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, to release a 45-year-old British file containing evidence of collusion in the atrocity between British security forces and Loyalist paramilitaries. Ciarán MacAirt, a grandson of one of the victims of the massacre, which claimed the lives of […]

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McGurk’s Bar Families Give New Evidence to the Police Ombudsman

Relatives of the McGurk’s Bar bombing victims have told the Police Ombudsman that documents they have obtained contain evidence of security force collusion in the attack. Family members of some of the 15 people killed in the 1971 loyalist blast in Belfast met with representatives of the Police Ombudsman’s office to press for a new investigation. […]

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#McGurks Bar Families Petition Policing Board before Atrocity’s 45th Anniversary

Families of the victims of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre will attend the Policing Board this Thursday 1st December at 2pm to petition political representatives and independent Board members for support in their on-going court battles against the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Chief Constable. The following day, a long-running Judicial Review hearing will […]

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Challenge to Chief Constable George Hamilton

Families who lost loved ones in the McGurk’s Bar atrocity have challenged PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton and his so-called Legacy Investigation Branch to attend a lecture by world-renowned human rights lawyer, Michael Mansfield, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the attack. Billed as a Case-Study in Disinformation, Denial and Delay, the memorial lecture is free […]

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Victim’s Grandson Calls Out Top Cop over McGurk’s Bar Cover-Up

A grandson of one of the fifteen civilians murdered in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre has demanded that the Chief Constable of the Police Service Northern Ireland do his job and quash a Historical Enquiries Team report on the atrocity before the 45th anniversary of the attack. The demand follows the grandson’s discovery of a ground-breaking […]

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Bomb Expert Informed Army HQ that McGurk’s Bar Was Attacked

Press Release: The discovery of a secret British military file proves that a British Army bomb expert and witness at the scene of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre informed British Army Headquarters that the bar was attacked. Subsequent RUC and British Army reports blamed the innocent civilians in the bar. Author, Ciarán MacAirt, a grandson of […]

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I Am Belfast

This Sunday, QFT hosts the film, I Am Belfast, Mark Cousins’ love letter to his hometown. Mark abandoned the city because of its bigotry and violence, but this is his return home. His deep love of Belfast sweeps us from cityscape to dreamscape and back again as if carried effortlessly on the tide. From salt […]

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Running for Justice and Just Giving

The team at Pádraig Ó Muirigh’s Solicitor firm aren’t content with fighting for justice. They also run for it as well. The team are training hard in preparation for St Patrick’s Day and the Spar Craic 10k run. The long haul starts at City Hall, linking west and east Belfast, while taking in the Cathedral Quarter […]

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Chief Constable Matt Baggott oversaw the irrational HET report

5 Years Later: McGurk’s Bar Families Still in Court Fighting Irrational Police Probe

The McGurk’s Bar families are in High Court on Friday (29th January 2016) against the Chief Constable of the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) seeking a Judicial Review of an irrational report by the police’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET). It will be 5 years ago next month that the former Chief Constable of the Police […]

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The Chief Constable’s #Fail

The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland ran a #AskChiefCon feed on Twitter which was a #Fail for #McGurks families. The Chief Constable, George Hamilton, last night invited tweeters to ask him a question using the hashtag #AskChiefCon (see feed). There was some serious questions and much mirth which fulfills the folksy, accessible PR […]

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Police Shut Down McGurk’s Bar Families Requests for Information

In what has been described as a “sinister attack on the freedom of information and personal attack on me by the Police Service of Northern Ireland”, a McGurk’s Bar family member has described how the police have closed down every single one of his requests for information in one refusal.   Ciarán MacAirt is the […]

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McGurk's Bar families outside MI6 in London

Britain’s National Security? No. Britain’s National Shame

Families of those murdered in the McGurk’s Bar atrocity travelled to London this week to mark the 44th anniversary of the attack and to lobby for the release of archives which relate to the attack but which have been closed to them because of what the authorities deem to be “national security”. 15 innocent men women and […]

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The Ticking Clock Dilemma

McGurk’s Bar activist, Robert McClenaghan, writes a very personal blog on the reality of Britain’s inability to face up to its human rights abuses, and how this now becomes his own ticking clock dilemma. I was with other family members in west Belfast to hear about the current situation with the Stormont House Agreement and how […]

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MI5 McGurk’s Bar Disinformation

Headquarter Northern Ireland Intelligence Summaries (HQNI INTSUMs) were prepared in Lisburn Headquarters by a team under the Director of Intelligence, a senior officer of the British Security Service, also known as MI5. For his role in the north of Ireland in 1971 “David” (as he was code-named  during the Bloody Sunday Inquiry) assumed the equivalent military […]

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Delay and Obfuscation: Families Demand Quashing of HET Report

Families of those killed in the McGurk’s Bar atrocity on 4th December 1971 are disgusted that the Police Service of Northern Ireland continue to delay their campaign for truth and justice. They demand that the Chief Constable quashes a report by the failed Historical Enquiries Team. 15 innocent men, women and children were killed in […]

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NvTv Focal Point: McGurk’s Bar

Northern Visions Television (NVTV) interviewed McGurk’s Bar families outside the High Court after our historic win against dirty cops, past and present. Well done to the families and legal representatives. Thank you as always to NvTv. Focal Point Friday 25 September 2015 from Northern Visions NvTv on Vimeo.

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A Question of BBC Bias, Lazy Reporting or Simple Oversight?

British reporting at the time of the McGurk’s Bar bombing was at best lazy or at worst downright biased. We still have to take the media to task. Here is an open comment/complaint to the BBC regarding its report into police bias and our families today. We await its response. Dear Sir/Madam, In the linked […]

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Families welcome McGurk’s Bar Investigative Bias Decision

Responding to today’s admission by PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton that there was indeed an “INVESTIGATIVE BIAS” during the McGurk’s Bar investigation, Robert Mc Clenaghan on behalf of the Mc Gurks Bar Memorial Committee said: “Four years ago in February 2011, the Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson found an investigative bias on the part of the […]

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Chief Constable Promises “Substantive Developments” in McGurk’s Bar Case

The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has promised “substantive developments”in the McGurk’s Bar case sitting in the High Court tomorrow (25th September 2015). It is a High Court case which the so-called police service forced our families to take in order to quash the ludicrous FOURTH report by the police’s Historical […]

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Great Support from the Other Side of the World

Many thanks to Clan MacCumascaigh in Melbourne who posted this picture and a very simple question to Chief Constable George Hamilton:   What say Ye @Chiefconpsni @policeserviceni Any chance of changing habits being truthful #JustSaying @ciaranmacairt pic.twitter.com/aymTe2VDrT — MícheálMacCumascaigh (@demicker) September 17, 2015 Different @ChiefConPSNI, same old lies. GLOBAL support from #ClanMacCumascaigh #McGurks https://t.co/2LQF4jNF12 pic.twitter.com/wO94vwRIf1 […]

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Baron Kilclooney: Patsy or Liar?

Baron Kilclooney, or John Taylor to you and me, helped promulgate the McGurk’s Bar propaganda before we had even buried our loved ones. Whether he knowingly deceived the public or he too was duped by the RUC is moot. One thing is certain: he has not apologised for his deceit. The forensic report was only completed […]

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Black Propaganda and a Prime Minister

Less than 36 hours after the McGurk’s Bar Massacre, the Prime Minister of the Orange statelet carried the black propaganda across to Britain. Brian Faulkner met with British Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling, and parroted the RUC disinformation at the same time as admitting that he had interfered in a live police investigation.   You can read […]

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The McGurk's Bar Massacre

In the News: Meeting with the Chief Con

The Irish News has a report on our expected meeting with Chief Constable George Hamilton.   We will look forward to meeting A.S.A.P. RT “@ConnlaYoung: #McGurks Bar relatives call for @ChiefConPSNI meeting http://t.co/NCm6JOKF9x“ — Ciarán MacAirt (@ciaranmacairt) August 12, 2015 This followed the interrogation of the Chief Constable by family campaigner, Robert McClenaghan, which you […]

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Facing the Questions of the Past

Families of those murdered in the 1971 McGurk’s Bar bombing are to ask the PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton for a meeting following the debate held in St Mary’s College on Thursday 6th August, as part of Féile an Phobail. Robert Mc Clenaghan who spoke at the packed public meeting said: “It is very important […]

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McGurk’s Bar and Media Disinformation – The Newsletter

On Monday 6th December, less than 48 hours after the McGurk’s Bar Massacre, the Newsletter published disinformation from the RUC. What is more sinister about this is that the present day investigations by the likes of the failed Historical Enquiries Team tried to say that there was no proof  that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had […]

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Major Disinformation

Senior Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO), Major Bernard Calladene (1), completed a standard British army pro forma (access the redacted version here) when his ATOs returned from the McGurk’s Bar bombing site. Calladene was not present at the scene of the McGurk’s explosion.   It records that the attending ATOs, Sergeant Crisp and Captain Mendham (2), stipulate that the […]

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The McGurk's Bar Massacre

The Murders of Jimmy Hasty and Ciarán Murphy

Local sporting hero Jimmy Hasty was murdered by the same British counter-gang as Ciarán Murphy in Oct '74. The gang… Posted by Campaign for Truth | The McGurk's Bar Massacre on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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The McGurk's Bar Massacre

Gerald Donaghey – Unfinished Business

Below is an excellent article by the Pat Finucane Centre and the continuing tragedy of Gerald Donaghey who was one of fourteen innocent victims killed on Bloody Sunday, 1972. The post also considers the malign testimony of Times journalist, John Chartres, who also had his bit part to play in the McGurk’s Bar disinformation. An […]

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Corporate Memory and the McGurk’s Bar Massacre

Drew Harris, the Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern, has purchased the corporate memory and the corporate allegiance of his old friends in the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Considering the institutional sectarianism and criminality of this failed force, he may be hoping for corporate amnesia but ordinary families will not allow them to forget. Criminal […]

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Chief Constable Matt Baggott oversaw the irrational HET report

Press Release: McGurk’s Bar Commemoration Committee

McGurk’s Bar Families Petition the Northern Ireland Policing Board on the Anniversary of the Atrocity Date: Thursday 4th December 2012 (the 43rd anniversary of the atrocity) Time: 2pm Place: Northern Ireland Policing Board, Waterside Tower, 31 Clarendon Road, Clarendon Dock, Belfast BT1 3BG Families of those murdered in the McGurk’s Bar massacre are petitioning the Policing Board […]

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Undermining the Eyewitness to the McGurk’s Bar Attack

The Research Unit of the Government Information Service: Undermining the Eyewitness to the McGurk’s Bar Attack.   In a Judicial Review today (Friday 24th October 2014), our families and legal representatives, KRW Law, will challenge the irrational findings of what is the 4th Historical Enquiries Team report that we have seen. This latest report is completely at […]

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The Guerrilla Film Club Presents…

The Guerrilla Film Club will be hosting our film The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence at 7pm, Tuesday 2nd December in Conway Mill. A question and answer session will follow.   Made by local filmmakers, Northern Visions, and funded by the Community Relations Council, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence features the family […]

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Time for Truth

The British State Fears the Truth

It was a cold house for a long time but Stormont welcomed families of victims murdered by the British state and its loyalists yesterday (Thursday 30th October 2014).   Clara Reilly of Relatives for Justice hosted the event which included a keynote address by the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin. Family representatives included those […]

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The McGurk's Bar Massacre

In Their Footsteps… at Stormont

Day of Action: In Their Footsteps Place: Stormont Date: Monday 20th October 2014 Time: 12pm-2pm   Our families intend to bring pressure on the Executive and the Irish and British governments to implement proposals for dealing with the past in line with the Haass proposals. We believe that all those who lost loved ones as a result […]

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Chief Constable Matt Baggott oversaw the irrational HET report

Alex McLaughlin: the Death of an Activist

To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. Protest, Ella Wheeler Wilcox The McGurk’s Bar campaign has lost one of its leading lights. Alex McLaughlin, son of Thomas, has died and we are poorer for it.   His loss is unfathomable for family members but may they take comfort that […]

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In Their Footsteps… Belfast Event

Journey with us as we walk… ‘In Their Footsteps’ Saturday 19th July at 2pm Kennedy Centre (map). The mission: We intend to mobilise families and individuals throughout Ireland who wish to pursue truth and justice for their loved ones killed and/or injured as a result of the conflict, to unite for a peaceful Day of […]

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McGurk’s Bar Documentary Airs in America

Our documentary, McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence, has just been shown in America on Today’s Ireland.   You can watch it here: The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence     Many thanks as always to the great work of Marilyn Hyndman and the team at Northern Visions. Check out Today’s Ireland schedule

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The Prime Minister of the Orange State and McGurk’s Bar

Two days after the McGurk’s Bar atrocity, Brian Faulkner, Northern Ireland Prime Minister at the time, flew to meet with Reginald Maudling, British Home Secretary, for what would have been crunch talks on security.   The startling notes of the meeting, discovered by Pat Finucane Centre at Kew National Archives, show in stark terms how […]

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Brigadier Frank Kitson

The MRF and its Director of Terrorism

Digging for documents in the National Archives in Kew, London, at the start of the year, a “personal and confidential” letter dated 30th December 1971 caught my eye. It was from Howard Smith, Whitehall’s UK Representative in Northern Ireland, to leading civil servant, Philip Woodfield CBE, head of the Northern Ireland department at the Home […]

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Lord Gerry Fitt – Snake in the Grass?

Whilst researching the murder of my grandmother, Kathleen Irvine, and 14 other innocent civilians in the McGurk’s Bar bombing in 1971, I came across a gut-wrenching document. Of all of the buried documents which I have discovered and placed in the public domain, the contents of this particular document left me more deflated than the […]

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Gerard's parents, Sarah and Edward Keenan

Gerard Keenan… In Their Footsteps

By Gerard Keenan, son of Edward and Sarah Keenan who were murdered in the McGurk’s Bar massacre on 4th December 1971. A pair of shoes on a pavement and a note… It is a striking image. I will leave two pairs of old shoes and two notes for my parents as I lost both. 4th […]

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Set the truth free

In Their Footsteps

In Their Footsteps – the mission: We intend to mobilise families and individuals throughout Ireland who wish to pursue truth and justice for their loved ones killed and/or injured as a result of the conflict, to unite for a peaceful Day of Action in Dublin on Saturday, 14 June 2014.   This date for has […]

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The Times, Wednesday 8th December 1971

Six Pub Blast Victims Buried in Belfast

For such a short article, its words resounded as I worked this evening, and not only because it recounted the funerals of six of the fifteen victims of the McGurk’s Bar bombing including my own grandmother, Kathleen Irvine.   Blogger John  Ó Néill sent me this article from The Irish Times of Wednesday 8th December, […]

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Disinformation in The Times newspaper

Disinformation in The Times Newspaper

Disinformation in The Times newspaper, by John Chartres John Chartres was the “independent witness” to the infamous Widgery Report in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday which sought to exonerate 1 Para for their murders on 30th January 1972. Chartres testified that he witnessed nail bombs in the pockets of one of the teenage dead, Gerald Donaghey, although […]

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to the crowd at Dublin and Monaghan Commemoration

Baby Doherty – 40 Years On and Still No Truth

A poem written in memory of Baby Doherty and recited at the 40th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings   Baby Doherty And it was never known if I was boy or girl Never placed on the public record. I wasn’t even a statistic. I wasn’t counted in the cold numbers of the dead. […]

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Tracing the McGurk’s Bar Lie to the Police

Read the RUC’s lies in the the police file, Duty Officers’ Report, 5th December 1971 Read RUC Put Out False Story Within Hours of McGurk’s Bar Attack from the Irish News  

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Informing the General Officer Commanding of the McGurk’s Bar Bombing

Read the Director of Operations Brief to General Officer Commanding Lt. General Sir Harry Tuzo Read GB Army knew bar blast not IRA fault from the Irish News

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Time for Truth

McGurk’s Bar in the News

Below is a news review of the last few months regarding McGurk’s Bar and our campaign for truth. To court we go…   1st May 2014  BBC: McGurk’s Bar bombing families to sue government. Read more… 30th April 2014  BBC: McGurk’s Bar bombing: 69 year-old released. Read more… 30th April 2014 Irish Post: 69 year-old man […]

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Fusilier Thomas's record in 2RRF's War Diary

Fusilier Thomas: A Forgotten Victim

It was the reasoned crisis of his soul Against more days of inescapable thrall         S.I.W., Wilfred Owen Official records tend to be dry, perfunctory and prosaic. Documents like Director of Operations Brief, Duty Officer Report or Brigade Intelligence Summary may catalogue moments of violence and destruction but the words rarely convey context or the […]

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Chief Constable Matt Baggott oversaw the irrational HET report

Checklist For HET Report

In the coming days the Chief Constable will be forced by the court to hand over a report by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) which was “completed” nearly a year ago.   We were forced to take Matt Baggott to court as we considered that his unprecedented suppression of the HET report was irrational, unlawful […]

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Amnesty International - Northern Ireland: Time To Deal with the Past

Amnesty International and McGurk’s Bar

In June 2012, we met with renowned researchers from Amnesty International and told them our story. They went away and investigated the service journey we have suffered with the state authorities. In September of this year, Amnesty International released Northern Ireland: Time to Deal With The Past, a withering indictment of the state’s failure to […]

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Another Year… And We Are Still Waiting

ESTRAGON: (having tried in vain to work it out). I’m tired! (Pause.) Let’s go. VLADIMIR: We can’t. ESTRAGON: Why not? VLADIMIR: We’re waiting for Godot.   This time last year we launched our book at the historic Clifton House on North Queen Street which is just down the road from where McGurk’s Bar once stood. […]

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Time for Truth

The Past and How It Impacts Upon the Present in the North of Ireland

A written submission by Ciarán MacAirt to Dr. Haass and Dr. O’ Sullivan of the Panel of Parties, NI Executive. “The Past and How It Impacts Upon the Present in the North of Ireland” was written in October 2013 on behalf of our loved ones who were killed or injured in the pro-State Loyalist bombing […]

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Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth

Foreword, by Colin Wallace

Colin Wallace (right), former Senior Information Officer at the heart of the British Army’s psychological operations unit in the early 1970s, has been helping me translate secret military archives which I discovered.   When I wrote my book, he was the first and only person I wished would write its foreword.   This is it: […]

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McGurk's Bar campaigners meet with Amnesty International in June 2012

McGurk’s Bar Families in Court as Amnesty International Slams Failure to Deal with the Past

This morning (12th September 2013), families of those who were murdered in the McGurk’s Bar bombing of 4th December 1971 will be in Belfast’s High Court to begin legal proceedings against the Chief Constable and his decision to block the release of an Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report into the atrocity.   At the same […]

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Blawg: McGurk’s Bar… A Constitutional Crisis

Focal an lae: Blawg (n) A law blog; a blog written by a lawyer or a blog with law-oriented content. It was standing room only for our film and Q&A event at St. Mary’s University College which we hosted for Féile an Phobail. Belfast’s premier art and culture festival celebrated its 25th birthday this year. […]

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Níall Ó Murchú (left) and Ciarán MacAirt

McGurk’s Bar Families Take Legal Action To Access Blocked HET Report

Our statement in full: The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) has reviewed the RUC investigation into the McGurk’s Bar massacre of 4th December 1971. Its report was completed in December 2012 but its release has been blocked by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Despite repeated requests and talks with the […]

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Féile an Phobail logo

Féile an Phobail Event

Féile an Phobail, one of Belfast’s best known arts and cultural events, is celebrating its 25th year in 2013 and its line-up this year is beyond comparison.   So it is a great honour for our families to have been invited to host an event during the festival. We will be showing our documentary film, The McGurk’s […]

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The father and mother of Stephen Lawrence.

Police: A Law Unto Themselves?

Different Police Force… Same Old Story The conclusions of the Macpherson Inquiry (1999) into the Metropolitan Police Force’s handling of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence rocked the British criminal justice system to the core. The Inquiry concluded that the Stephen Lawrence “investigation was marred by a combination of professional incompetence, institutional racism and a failure of […]

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Jane Winter, British Irish Rights Watch

Re-Branding British-Irish Rights Watch

The retirement of Jane Winter from British Irish Rights Watch at the end of 2012 was a great loss to many campaigning families in Ireland, Great Britain and beyond.   Jane and the independent organisation she helped found was a bulwark against State intransigence and lies. I personally shall miss her sober and clinical advice […]

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Double Matinee of Films by Campaigning Families

On Sunday 24th March 2013, Dublin Road Movie House will be hosting a double matinee of films by the McGurk’s Bar and Ballymurphy Massacre campaigns. “The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence” was created to coincide with the launch of the highly anticipated book, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth […]

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Ciarán MacAirt at Westminster, London

Secretary of State Ducks McGurk’s Bar Question

This is today’s question from Michael Connarty MP in the British House of Commons. It should have been answered by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP. She ducked and the question was answered – erroneously as I have already written – by her Minister of State, Mike Penning. Michael Connarty (Linlithgow […]

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Michael Connarty, nephew of Philip Garry, the eldest victim of the McGurk's Bar bombing.

McGurk’s Bar and the Theatre of the Absurd

“When will the most recent report of the investigation into the McGurk’s Bar bombing be made public?”  This was a simple question tabled for the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland today by Michael Connarty, Labour MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk. Michael is the nephew of the oldest victim of the McGurk’s Bar […]

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Colin Wallace speaks at the Westminster book launch

A Few Words from Colin Wallace… and Aeschylus

I imagined that there were more than a few raised eyebrows in the offices of the Historical Enquiries Team, the Police Ombudsman and Chief Constable when the Irish News headlined with news that Colin Wallace was not only a close contact of mine but also had written the foreword to my book. Colin Wallace (right) […]

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Requiem

Tonight I learned that the one person convicted of murdering my grandmother has died.   In the coming hours and coming days some will spit words of bitterness whilst others will trumpet the life of Robert James Campbell. The death notices of killers in newspapers make for a sobering read. None of these words sit […]

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Film Launch – McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence

On Sunday 3rd February 2013, Dublin Road Movie House will be hosting the world premiere of our film The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence.   Made by local filmmakers, Northern Visions, and funded by the Community Relations Council, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Loss of Innocence features the family members themselves telling their touching stories […]

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Call to Action for the McGurk’s Bar Campaign

The next meeting of the McGurk’s Bar commemoration committee will be held on Saturday 26th January at 1pm in North Belfast. The committee will be discussing plans for the campaign in 2013, including the exciting release of a docu-film which we have been working on over the past year. The film, Loss of Innocence, is made […]

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Michael Connarty, nephew of Philip Garry, the eldest victim of the McGurk's Bar bombing.

HET Shunts McGurk’s Bar Investigation BACK at the Police Ombudsman

The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) has finally completed the McGurk’s Bar Report… and referred it BACK to the Police Ombudsman. (Post on behalf of the McGurk’s Bar Commemoration Committee) On Thursday 6th December, Labour MP, Michael Connarty, urged the British Prime Minister to apologise to the families of the McGurk’s Bar victims and order a “proper investigation”. A […]

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A group photograph at the Stormont launch of the book.

Parliamentary Book Launches

Book Launch “The McGurk’s Bar Bombing” by Ciarán MacAirt 5pm, Tuesday 4th December 2012 (the 41st anniversary of the atrocity) Long Gallery, Stormont   With Ciarán MacAirt (author/grandson of Kathleen Irvine, one of the 15 victims), other family members and campaigners. MLAs from each of the main parties also invited to speak. 4th December is […]

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History Lessons For Us All To Learn

The world is a small place. So is history…

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Holding Victims To Ransom

Below are a series of tweets by @Ransom_Stoddard on Twitter regarding the so-called “victims’ issue” in the north of Ireland. I do not think I have read it argued so eloquently or succinctly: When the spokespeople become the story then the message is weakened. I think more progress occurs from the… work that individuals and […]

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RUC Put Out False Story Within Hours of McGurk’s Bar Attack

Irish News exclsuive by Allison Morris, 28th October 2009 New documents relating to the McGurk’s bar bombing in 1971 show how the false claim that it was an ‘IRA own goal’ was being circulated within hours of the atrocity. Campaigners for victims of the loyalist attack, which claimed the lives of 15 innocent civilians including […]

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MI5 in the Frame for McGurk’s Disinformation

This latest archive find by the families, detailed below, is a HQNI INTSUM (Intelligence Summary) that records a second piece of British black propaganda and its attempts to brand the innocent victims terrorists. Spectacularly, in what must be a massive goof by the British Ministry of Defence, the families have been able to trace the […]

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MI5 Black Propaganda

This latest archive find (click here to read) is from a British army Headquarters Northern Ireland Intelligence Summary (HQNI INTSUM), dated 9th December 1971, 5 days after the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. It represents British black propaganda in stark terms as they seek to criminalize innocent civilians to fit twisted military strategy. HQNI INTSUMS were written […]

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Unmasking Lt. Col. Bernard Renouf Johnston

He was known only as INQ 1873 to the Saville inquiry into the mass murder of innocent civilians during Bloody Sunday. He was questioned regarding his role in PSYOPS. We have also uncovered archives that link him and his Information Policy unit to black propaganda in the aftermath of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. Our extensive […]

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Police Ombudsman Fiasco

The release and abortion of the Police Ombudsman’s report (8.7.10) into the Royal Ulster Constabulary’s (RUC) investigation of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre was an ill-conceived, unmitigated fiasco. The report and their media stage-management was Kafkaesque at its most benign. The Police Ombudsman railroaded our families, many of whom are aged, into this very public miscarriage. […]

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Unmasking James Alastair McGregor CBE MC

Research into the McGurk’s Bar Massacre has uncovered the family history, military career and modern business life of a leader of the shadowy British special force unit, the Military Reaction Force (MRF). This covert operative is a man that the McGurk’s campaigners have long since demanded is questioned regarding British “black ops” at the time […]

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Attempted Police Ombudsman Whitewash

The Ombudsman gave families who have been waiting two generations for the truth and over four years for this long overdue report, just one day to read it before it was released to the public. It was not enough that they were treated so disrespectfully when they were railroaded into this release, but then they […]

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BBC On-board! McGurk’s Reports “Black Propaganda”

Britain’s Propaganda War During the Troubles (Mark Thomson, BBC, 22.3.10) The introduction of internment in Northern Ireland in August 1971 in response to growing violence from the IRA had backfired. The violence got even worse and British forces found themselves losing the battle for public opinion. Concerned that the IRA was using the policy to […]

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Secret Documents Shed Light on Shadowy Force

Following from a lead story in the Irish News (Allison Morris, 3.3.10):   Army knew about two of the Disappeared 38 years ago The documents unearthed by Justice for the Forgotten and the Pat Finucane Centre and offered to the McGurk’s campaigners have proved invaluable to our research of the MRF (Irish News 3.3.10). Their […]

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Colonel claimed Irish News was IRA mouthpiece

Allison Morris, Irish News, 29th October 2009   A briefing document written almost four decades ago by the British army’s then head of information, Colonel Maurice Tugwell, accused The Irish News of being an “organ for printing IRA propaganda”. The document – dated November 9 1971 – was uncovered by the campaigning families of the […]

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McGurk’s Bar Lie Traced To RUC File

This R.U.C. police report to the Ministry of Home Affairs book-ends our finding and recent release of the British military’s Director of Operations Brief. It shows starkly how quickly military decisions to misinform and to collude are made, unless, of course, those decisions were pre-planned. With the Director of Operations Brief as its template, this […]

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We Have Established Cover-Up – Now What About Collusion

Article by Laura Friel, An Phoblacht 6th August 2009   MORE evidence of cover-up regarding the bombing of McGurk’s Bar in Belfast in 1971 surfaced this month with the discovery of a British Army briefing document. The internal British Army memo was submitted on the day of the bombing, 4 December 1971, as part of […]

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Full Disclosure Should Be Forthcoming for McGurk’s Bar Victims and Families

Press release by www.sinnfein.ie, 30th July 2009 Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast Gerry Kelly has stated that a full disclosure from the British Government and acknowledgement that the British army were involved in a cover up in the McGurk’s Bar bombing should now be forthcoming. Speaking today Mr Kelly said: “The document surrounding what […]

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GB Army knew bar blast not IRA fault

Front page exclusive by Allison Morris, Irish News 29th July 2009   THE British army knew within hours of the McGurk’s Bar massacre that the bomb had been placed outside the bar and that the innocent victims were not responsible for an alleged IRA ‘own goal’, a newly uncovered document proves. The document, dated the […]

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Proved: State Knew Bomb Was “Outside” Bar

This briefing (Director of Operations Brief for the 4th – 5th December 1971), prepared for Lt. General Sir Harry Tuzo, General Officer Commanding of the British forces in the north of Ireland in late 1971, is a breakthrough document for the families of the innocent victims slain or injured in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. It […]

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McGurk’s Bomb Relative Gives Damning Verdict of Police Unit

McGurk’s bomb relative gives damning verdict of police unit 2nd December 2008 Allison Morris, Irish News THE campaigning family of a woman killed in the McGurk’s Bar bombing have called for the cold-case team tasked with investigating historic killings to be “dismantled”. This week sees the 37th anniversary of the no-warning bar bombing that claimed […]

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British Minister apologizes for “preconceived ideas”!

17th July 2008 North Belfast News, Editorial Security Minister Paul Goggins has apologised in the House of Commons to families of the McGurk’s Bar victims for false claims made by the British in the wake of the 1971 atrocity (see the weak apology here). It is tempting to speculate on whether or when this development […]

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