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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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Black Propaganda and the Northern Ireland Prime Minister

Two days after the McGurk’s Bar Massacre, the Northern Ireland Prime Minister, Brian Faulkner, flew to meet with Reginald Maudling, British Home Secretary, for crunch talks on security. The notes of the meeting, discovered by Pat Finucane Centre at Kew National Archives, show in stark terms how the cover-up went right to the top of …

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McGurk's Bar Families Protest Policing Board

Chief Constable Leaves McGurk’s Bar Families ‘Out in the Cold’

The families of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre are gravely disappointed that Chief Constable Simon Byrne chose not to meet them at the Policing Board (Thursday 2nd December). The families were there two days before the 50th anniversary of the atrocity to protest the Police Service Northern Ireland’s withholding of evidence relating to collusion between the …

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