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 chair the march.
John Kelly said:
“The support we got from the public over many years helped us in our campaign for truth and justice. I am once again calling for people to march for truth on Sunday February 25th in Belfast City centre”.
John Taggart of the Time for Truth Committee stated:
“The march on Sunday 25th of February is open to all families, irrespective of their background, who lost loved ones or were injured in the conflict. Truth belongs to everyone. It does not belong to any one group or individual. When the institutions of the state deny people access to the truth, they are left with only one option and that is to take to the streets and peacefully protest for their rights. Therefore, we are calling on all sectors of society to support the ‘Time for Truth March’. The pursuit of truth is a matter for all of society, in particular the British and Irish governments. We are calling on them to honour the agreements already reached by implementing the Stormont House Agreement legacy mechanisms and to adequately resource them, to implement the Lord Chief Justices 5 year plan by resourcing coroners legacy inquests, and the adequate resourcing of the Ombudsmans’ Office.”
Ciarán MacAirt of the Time for Truth Committee said:
“Families have to fight to this day for scraps of information and even a semblance of justice. With every battle they are re-traumatized and with every passing year we lose family campaigners. No more.”
2 parades will join and march as 1.
- North Queen Street Parade – Assemble at 12pm at the McGurk’s Bar memorial. Leaves at 1215pm.
- Divis Parade – Assemble at 12pm at Divis Tower. Leaves at 1230pm
If possible, all relatives should bring a photograph of their loved one. This march is about them and their legacy.
Time For Truth
We, the undersigned Campaign Groups, seek commitments from the British and Irish Governments to implement:
- The Stormont House legacy mechanisms
- The adequate resourcing of the legacy mechanisms
- The resourcing of the Coroners courts legacy inquests as set out by the Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan
- The resourcing of the Ombudsman’s Office
McGurk’s Bar Commemoration Committee
Loughinisland Justice Group
Ballymurphy Massacre Committee
Springhill Massacre Group
Kellys Bar Campaign Group
New Lodge Six Time for Truth Campaign
Ciarán MacAirt is an Irish writer and author of The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth.
He also manages Paper Trail, an innovative charity and social enterprise which offers legacy archive research services and helps families unearth the truth hidden in public records.