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McGurk's Bar Massacre - Kitson, Byrne and Shillington

PSNI-HET Report Was Another Cop Cover-Up

Be in no doubt, the PSNI-HET report into the McGurk’s Bar Massacre was another attempted police cover-up. The families of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre re-issue our simple challenge to the Chief Constable of Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI), Simon Byrne, after a High Court judge ruled that the PSNI/Historical Enquiries Team report into the atrocity…

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Ar Lorg na Fírinne Game of Truth McGurk's Bar Featured

Ar Lorg Na Fírinne – Game of Truth

The Docs Ireland festival is hosting the international documentary, Game of Truth – Ar Lorg Na Fírinne. Written and directed by acclaimed auteur, Fabienne Lips-Dumas, Game of Truth features families searching for truth (Ar Lorg Na Fírinne) about the death of their loved ones during the conflict in Ireland and Britain. The story of the…

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McGurk's Bar Massacre - Kitson, Byrne and Shillington

Incompetence or Collusion: PSNI Failure To Quash Irrational Report

The Chief Constable’s failure to quash a PSNI-HET report into the atrocity which the High Court ruled was “irrational” is another insult to our families. I post this hours before a Judicial Review case against the Chief Constable and Police Service Northern Ireland that has lasted seven years – the families demanded that PSNI quashed…

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Gerard Keenan at the McGurk's Bar mural

Massacre Orphan to Chief Constable: Quash “Irrational” Report

Massacre Orphan Calls On Chief Constable To Quash “Irrational” HET Report Before Court A man whose parents were murdered in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre when he was a child has called on Chief Constable Simon Byrne to quash a failed and “irrational” report into the atrocity before a final court appearance on 16th June 2022….

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McGurk's Bar Massacre - Kitson, Byrne and Shillington

PSNI U-Turn on Kitson-RUC Collusion

Yet another PSNI U-turn should be a warning to families. Following the discovery of new evidence in British military files – and prior to a hearing of a seven-year-long Judicial Review beginning tomorrow – the Police Service Northern Ireland has admitted it is “not aware of holding details of a secret agreement… between the RUC…

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McGurk's Bar Chief Constables Simon Byrne Graham Shillington

Chief Constable Snubs Massacre Families and Withholds Evidence

Press Release: The Chief Constable of Police Service Northern Ireland has yet again snubbed the families of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre and withholds evidence regarding the atrocity. Despite a protest at the Policing Board to mark the 50th anniversary of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre and an official request to meet with him, a police representative…

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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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The cover of the new book by Ciarán MacAirt called Trope


Support the work of the charity, Paper Trail.

The author Ciarán MacAirt is donating all of the profits of his book, Trope: Essays and Articles, to Paper Trail and its work with victims and survivors of the conflict, including the families of the McGurk's Bar Massacre.

Trope features some of his ground-breaking discoveries and represents a personal journey as he trudges across the killing fields of World War 1 to the back-streets of Belfast where death-squads roamed. In it, he asks whether General Sir Frank Kitson who helped cover up the McGurk's Bar Massacre was a British military hero or director of terrorism. Foreword by Father Sean McManus, international human rights activist, author, and President of the Irish National Caucus.

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