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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

Campaign badge and film title: Loss of Innocence

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 […]

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 […]

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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