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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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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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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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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