Families to challenge anonymity

BLOODY Sunday relatives are to challenge the anonymity granted to Soldier F. 

SUPPORT: Two life size figures in a loyalist area of East Belfast in support of the double murder-accused paratrooper ‘Soldier F’

Before yesterday’s hearing at Derry Magistrates Court, families of victims and surviving wounded walked in unison from the city’s Diamond to Bishop Street Courthouse. Michael McKinney said the first hearing in the case was an important day and he was thinking of his brother William as he went into the court. “I was leaving the house this morning and I looked at a picture of us at Downing Street shortly after we started the campaign for justice for Willie and the others and I thought we’ve come a long way since the campaign started in 1992,” he said. Liam Wray, also described yesterday as “historic”.

Following the hearing, solicitor Ciaran Shields – who represents the McKinney family, three of the wounded as well as the family of Patrick O’Donnell, deceased, who was also wounded  – said the court proceedings progressed as expected. He also revealed plans to challenge the anonymity granted to Soldier F. Following Bloody Sunday, most of the British soldiers involved

CAMPAIGN: Liam Wray and Michael McKinney whose brothers were murdered by ‘Soldier F’ on Bloody Sunday in 1972

were granted anonymity as a security measure. That was renewed during the Seville Inquiry, while Derry District Judge Barney McElholm granted a further interim order yesterday. Mr Shields said he intended to write to the Public Prosection Service to ask it to “robustly” challenge Soldier F’s anonymity. “Public confidence in this prosecution requires it to proceed in an open and transparent manner,” he said. “Soldier F should be prosecuted in a manner consistent with the prosecution of the vast majority of the limited number of soldiers who were prosecuted in the past for murder and attempted murder, without the benefit of anonymity.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Seamus McKinney for the original story derry@irishnews.com

 

That was renewed during the Seville Inquiry,

 

Flute band repeats its support for Soldier F at Ballymoney

DEFIANT: The flute band’s insignia

A flute band which wore Parachute Regiment insignia during the Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry last month was defiant as it also displayed the symbol at a parade in Ballymoney on Saturday.

Members of Clyde Valley Flute Band, who also had the letter ‘F’ displayed on the sleeves of their uniforms to show support for Soldier F, took part in the annual Royal Black Institution’s ‘Last Saturday’ parade.

The former paratrooper is facing prosecution for two murders and four attempted murders at Bloody Sunday.

Saturday’s parades took place in Ballygowan, Ballymoney, Dungannon, Holywood, Garvagh and Seskinore.

Around 17,000 members and 350 preceptories were expected to take part, along with bands.

The Belfast Telegraph contacted both the Royal Black Institution and the solicitors of the band regarding Saturday’s parade, but did not receive a response.

Police officers had surrounded the Larne band as it made its way through the Waterside area of Londonderry during August’s Apprentice Boys parade in order to prevent a breach of the peace.

Members of the band were also stopped by police for two hours as their bus made its way back to their home town.

Following the parade the Apprentice Boys of Derry apologised for any offence caused by the band’s insignia, saying: “We recognise that this may have caused upset to many in the nationalist community.”

North Down First Flutes band uniform also in support of SOLDIER F worn by a second loyalist band

The PSNI has since said that a review would take place into its operation involving the band, while DUP leader Arlene Foster said they were entitled to wear the symbol as a matter of freedom of speech.

Meanwhile, bands from across Northern Ireland and as far afield as Scotland will gather at the start of October in a show of solidarity with the band.

A parade and rally will be held in Larne to show support for the group which has found itself at the centre of the political storm.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Ralph Hewitt for the original story 

 

The Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday shamed the honourable Para Regt Maroon Beret worn by many good men

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Ex-Para’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ comments were nothing short of a disgrace

13 people were murdered on Bloody Sunday and another died of his injuries some months later

The sister of a man killed on Bloody Sunday has described a former soldier’s comments on the shootings as “very cold and very brutal”.

Thirteen people died on the day after troops opened fire in Londonderry in January 1972, and a 14th person died later from his injuries.

The former paratrooper told the BBC that he feels no guilt for what happened.

He said he still considers it a job well done.

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The man known as Sergeant ‘O’ is one of a number of ex-soldiers who will find out next week if they will be prosecuted over the killings

The Saville Inquiry into the killings concluded that all the victims were innocent.

Speaking to the BBC’s Peter Taylor, Sergeant ‘O’ said that Lord Saville was not there on the day and whilst he accepted that some of those who were killed were innocent he did not accept that all of the victims were innocent.

‘Cold and brutal’
Kate Nash, whose 19-year-old brother William was shot dead described the soldier’s comments as cold and as a lie.

“What a horrible lie to continue to stand by, even as you become an older person.

“Very cold and very brutal.”

Eighteen ex-paratroopers have been reported to the PPS over the killings and the Bloody Sunday victims are currently waiting to hear if any will face charges.

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Michael McDaid, William Nash, John Young were killed on Bloody Sunday
Lord Saville’s official inquiry into the killings concluded that all victims were innocent and posed no threat.

The paratroopers, he said, lost their self-control and fired without discipline.

His unequivocal conclusion led the then prime minister, David Cameron, to deliver a historic apology in the House of Commons and to the people of Derry.

What happened on Bloody Sunday, he said, was “unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong”.

Investigation
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) began a murder investigation following the report.

The BBC previously obtained a letter from a senior public prosecutor detailing the criminal charges the soldiers could face.

They include murder and attempted murder, wounding, perjury and joint enterprise, which means an offence where two or more people are involved.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original story

 

When you look at that statue just remember Dublin Bloody Sunday 1920

I believe this was written by Pete Cavanagh from Derry – long read but well worth it!

I see this hype that’s taking up the news
About a certain sportsman and his well-known views
Maybe now I could shed some light
On a certain country and it’s plight.
Well you burned all our churches but we’ll say no more
And cut to 1711, Donegal Shore.
A priest said Mass upon a soggy leafy Floor.

Red Coats came, his head chopped off
All because he was a man of the cloth.
Dander across that ancient bridge
Wolfe Tone was captured just over the ridge
The Forefather of republicanism who sliced his own throat, so the English soldiers couldn’t kill him and gloat.

The famine came, made worse by your British GENOCIDE, because you did not help
A million starved, you assisted their death.
Up and down our ancient land “let them starve” was your command.
Penal laws with brutal force
Your ways and laws tried to endorse.
Rape and plunder was your deed
We lost a million to the seas.

Time ticked on like so it must
You thought that you had had us sussed.
Then came Easter 1916, the flag was hoisted, emerald green
We’d serve no Kaiser or foreign King.
Rebellion crushed, you shot our men
But you knew that we’d be back again.

Black and Tans and Auxies too
Burned our towns and raped a few.
English soldiers on Irish soil made life a chore, enslaved in toil.
The IRA then came about, with one objective
To get you out!

The Treaty came in 21’ some thought we lost and others won.
Divided our country, split in two
Freedom for them, but not us few.
Gerrymandering, Unionist rule, a Protestant state, the ridicule.
A Unionist police force, no Catholic vote.
Thousands again boarded the boats.

Dogs of war in the RUC, ran amok on sectarian sprees.
The summer of love in 69’
But not for Derry nor Ardoyne.
Catholic poverty, no rights or jobs
Bombay Street burned to the ground by loyalist mobs.

The RUC then had to retreat; the people of Derry had them beat.
They left the Bogside in throngs and swoops, and then came the boats carrying your troops.
A welcome at first was indeed rolled out, your intentions then well, we had our doubts.

Seamus Cusack, Dessie Beattie, you shot them dead, unarmed in our city.
Francy McCloskey, Sammy Devenney, shot and beaten, the first of many.
Civil Rights protesters attacked and killed
Internment came, new prisons built.

Bombay Street, Duke Street, Bloody Sunday.
‘No-go Zones’ and Robert Lundy.
Thirteen people in one day
Your army killed and then ran away.

Most of them were in their teens, their killers decorated and honoured by your queen.
Rubber bullets, C.S gas, petrol bombs and broken glass.
Hunger Strikes “defeat the croppy”

Tell me now if I’m getting too soppy
But this is why I’ll not wear your poppy.

British soldiers have long disgraced
Their nation’s reputation with the Irish race.
So pin that poppy to your breast
But don’t do it on Irish behest.
We’ll let you remember your ‘gallant’ dead
And we’ll remember what they done here instead.

With many thanks to: A’idrean Mac Conmhaoil for the original posting.

JUSTICE for the innocent men, women and children murdered by British Paratroopers on Bloody Sunday and their families – JUSTICE FOR ALL

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them: Lois McMaster Bujold

With many thanks to the: Bloody Sunday March for the original posting.

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