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The Past and How It Impacts Upon the Present in the North of Ireland

A written submission by Ciarán MacAirt to Dr. Haass and Dr. O’ Sullivan of the Panel of Parties, NI Executive. “The Past and How It Impacts Upon the Present in the North of Ireland” was written in October 2013 on behalf of our loved ones who were killed or injured in the pro-State Loyalist bombing …

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McGurk's Bar campaigners meet with Amnesty International in June 2012

McGurk’s Bar Families in Court as Amnesty International Slams Failure to Deal with the Past

This morning (12th September 2013), families of those who were murdered in the McGurk’s Bar bombing of 4th December 1971 will be in Belfast’s High Court to begin legal proceedings against the Chief Constable and his decision to block the release of an Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report into the atrocity.   At the same …

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Níall Ó Murchú (left) and Ciarán MacAirt

McGurk’s Bar Families Take Legal Action To Access Blocked HET Report

Our statement in full: The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) has reviewed the RUC investigation into the McGurk’s Bar massacre of 4th December 1971. Its report was completed in December 2012 but its release has been blocked by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Despite repeated requests and talks with the …

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The father and mother of Stephen Lawrence.

Police: A Law Unto Themselves?

Different Police Force… Same Old Story The conclusions of the Macpherson Inquiry (1999) into the Metropolitan Police Force’s handling of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence rocked the British criminal justice system to the core. The Inquiry concluded that the Stephen Lawrence “investigation was marred by a combination of professional incompetence, institutional racism and a failure of …

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Requiem

Tonight I learned that the one person convicted of murdering my grandmother has died.   In the coming hours and coming days some will spit words of bitterness whilst others will trumpet the life of Robert James Campbell. The death notices of killers in newspapers make for a sobering read. None of these words sit …

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