Ciarán

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.

McGurk's Bar 3 ICO Complaints - Kitson

ICO Complaints – Kitson, British Army and Cops Collusion

The families of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre have lodged three separate complaints with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). All three complaints to the ICO regard police and British Army collusion in the cover-up of the atrocity and one man at the centre – General Sir Frank Kitson. One complaint is against the British Army; One …

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McGurk's Bar Protest v Office of the Police Ombudsman

Office of the Police Ombudsman Withholding Police Collusion Evidence

The Office of the Police Ombudsman has admitted that it is withholding evidence from our families. The evidence regards proof of collusion between General Sir Frank Kitson (retired) and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and the provenance of RUC lies – but the Office of the Police Ombudsman withheld this evidence from its 2011 report …

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Doug Beattie UUP and Brian Faulkner

Doug Beattie and UUP Silent on McGurk’s Bar Cover-Up

Doug Beattie and the Ulster Unionist Party remain silent on the McGurk’s Bar cover-up. Commemoration is difficult and we have a year of difficult 50th-anniversary commemorations ahead for thousands of families this year. Many organisations and people, including former combatants have much to consider too – be they people who served in uniform or otherwise. …

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McGurk's Bar Mural

Donaldson Commemoration Edited Version Not Full Context

Response to a letter by Kenny Donaldson, spokesperson for Innocent Victims United. Kenny Donaldson wrote letters to the local newspapers recently, including the Irish News, which recounted the horror of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre and its victims (Vital to encourage thinking that expresses regret for every death, 31 January 2022). In the Irish News copy, …

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McGurk's Bar Massacre and General Sir Frank Kitson

BBC Response Welcomed

Many thanks to the BBC for taking the time to consider our concerns and respond. It’s much appreciated by the families. “Editorial Complaint – BBC Northern Ireland I’m replying to your follow-up enquiry about contacts with the Belfast newsroom. The email address for press releases is bbcnewsni@bbc.co.uk. However, because around 30% of our staff are …

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The Guardian of the McGurk's Bar Massacre Lies

The Guardian of McGurk’s Bar Massacre Lies

50 years ago today, the police Chief Constable and Head of Special Branch lied directly to the government about the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. On 16th December 1971, Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Chief Constable Graham Shillington and Assistant Chief Constable David Johnston, the Head of RUC Special Branch, attended a Joint Security Committee Meeting at Stormont, …

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McGurk's Bar Chief Constables Simon Byrne Graham Shillington

Chief Constable: Prove Police Lies Or Admit Fabrication

50 years ago today, the police Chief Constable and Head of Special Branch lied directly to the government about the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. On 16th December 1971, Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Chief Constable Graham Shillington and Assistant Chief Constable David Johnston, the Head of RUC Special Branch, attended a Joint Security Committee Meeting at Stormont, …

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The British Media, BBC and the McGurk's Bar Massacre

BBC Blackout on 50th Anniversary of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre?

Family campaigners on legacy cases in the north of Ireland learn not to be precious about BBC media coverage, especially when the British state is involved in the murders and subsequent cover-ups. On any other occasion, there are many reasons why a media outlet will not cover a story. In the fast-moving environment of the …

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