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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 victims…

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McGurk’s Bar Lie Traced To RUC File

This R.U.C. police report to the Ministry of Home Affairs book-ends our finding and recent release of the British military’s Director of Operations Brief. It shows starkly how quickly military decisions to misinform and to collude are made, unless, of course, those decisions were pre-planned. With the Director of Operations Brief as its template, this…

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We Have Established Cover-Up – Now What About Collusion

Article by Laura Friel, An Phoblacht 6th August 2009   MORE evidence of cover-up regarding the bombing of McGurk’s Bar in Belfast in 1971 surfaced this month with the discovery of a British Army briefing document. The internal British Army memo was submitted on the day of the bombing, 4 December 1971, as part of…

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Full Disclosure Should Be Forthcoming for McGurk’s Bar Victims and Families

Press release by www.sinnfein.ie, 30th July 2009 Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast Gerry Kelly has stated that a full disclosure from the British Government and acknowledgement that the British army were involved in a cover up in the McGurk’s Bar bombing should now be forthcoming. Speaking today Mr Kelly said: “The document surrounding what…

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GB Army knew bar blast not IRA fault

Front page exclusive by Allison Morris, Irish News 29th July 2009   THE British army knew within hours of the McGurk’s Bar massacre that the bomb had been placed outside the bar and that the innocent victims were not responsible for an alleged IRA ‘own goal’, a newly uncovered document proves. The document, dated the…

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Proved: State Knew Bomb Was “Outside” Bar

This briefing (Director of Operations Brief for the 4th – 5th December 1971), prepared for Lt. General Sir Harry Tuzo, General Officer Commanding of the British forces in the north of Ireland in late 1971, is a breakthrough document for the families of the innocent victims slain or injured in the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. It…

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McGurk’s Bomb Relative Gives Damning Verdict of Police Unit

McGurk’s bomb relative gives damning verdict of police unit 2nd December 2008 Allison Morris, Irish News THE campaigning family of a woman killed in the McGurk’s Bar bombing have called for the cold-case team tasked with investigating historic killings to be “dismantled”. This week sees the 37th anniversary of the no-warning bar bombing that claimed…

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British Minister apologizes for “preconceived ideas”!

17th July 2008 North Belfast News, Editorial Security Minister Paul Goggins has apologised in the House of Commons to families of the McGurk’s Bar victims for false claims made by the British in the wake of the 1971 atrocity (see the weak apology here). It is tempting to speculate on whether or when this development…

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The cover of the new book by Ciarán MacAirt called Trope

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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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