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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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MRF Clive Williams Meets Princess Anne

Infamous MRF Shooter Escapes Justice

The infamous British Army MRF shooter, Clive Graham Williams, is dead. Clive Graham Williams, or Taff, as he was known to his gang members, was the prime shooter wanted in connection to a number of murders and attempted murders of civilians in Belfast in 1972. The charity Paper Trail connected him to at least 6 serious…

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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 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

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of heinous lies about our loved ones in The Guardian, a grandson of the McGurk’s Bar owner writes to the newspaper. The Guardian newspaper in Britain is one of those lofty newspapers of record but on Christmas Eve half a century ago it published egregious lies about the…

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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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McGurk's Bar Massacre and General Sir Frank Kitson

MOD Denies It Holds Kitson-RUC Evidence

The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) has denied it holds information relating to a secret agreement between General Sir Frank Kitson and the Royal Ulster Constabulary to promote lies about the McGurk’s Bar Massacre. The MOD denial is despite a record of it in the British Army’s Commander’s Diary just hours after the explosion. A…

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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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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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