British former soldier RICHARD RUDKIN reveals yet another instance of collusion and cover-up after a case of mistaken identity in the North of Ireland in 1972

A British armoured car of the 17/21st Lancers moves through Strabane, Co Tyrone, Tuesday  April 29th, 1969

IN politics, some things are predictable. For instance, when the opinion polls show Labour in front, up pops one of the usual suspects with another Jeremy Corbyn anti-semitism story.

By coincidence, when it comes to the uncovering documents to assist the families in the North of Ireland fighting for truth and justice, something similar occurs.

Ciaran MacAirt a thorn in the side of British Military Intelligence

Only days after author Ciaran MacAirt uncovered a secret British army log, which alleged the brigade commander at that time, General Sir Frank Kitson, was guilty of collusion and cover-up of the McGurk’s bar bombing in December 1971, up steps Tory MP Johnny Mercer to try to hold Theresa May to ransom, in an attempt to prevent the families in the North of Ireland obtaining justice.

Talking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Mercer, a former British army officer,

Johnny Mercer a former British Army officer and the MP for Plymouth

stated he has withdrawn support for the government over the historical prosecution of servicemen and women. The MP for Plymouth stated he would only vote with his party on Brexit issues.

In his letter to the PM, Mercer said he could not support May’s legislative programme any further until the government makes some clear and concrete steps to end what Mercer calls “this abhorrent process.”

Although not reported within the mainstream media, possibly the uncovering of a British army log may have influenced Mercer to up his game to try to halt the process of uncovering the truth behind a number of deaths on innocent civilians by the security forces during the Troubles.

The log may not only prove the allegations of “collusion and cover-up” in an explosion that killed 15 civilians including children, but places a brigadier right at the top of the list.

During his interview, Mercer suggested that there were “those who seek to refight the conflict through other means.”

This comment alone is an insult to the many innocent victims, but yet again the statement goes unchallenged. For instance, who does Mercer mean by “those”? Who is Mercer alluding to? The families?

Once again, the innocent victims who were killed or injured by security forces, by accident or otherwise, are thrown into the pot with all other killings, albeit members of loyalist or republican organisations.

Those that are trying to defend the indefensible would have the general public believe that allegations of collusion, cover-up was only was the stuff of fantasy in an Andy McNab novel. However, the evidence is well documented and is there for all to see if they wish to do so.

For example, take the incident in Ballymurphy on the morning of April 15 1972 which began when an RUC constable contacted the operations room of Henry Taggart Memorial Hall, where C Company of the King’s Own Scottish Border (KOSB) Regiment was based, to inform them he believed he had just spotted a wanted Provisional IRA man James Bryson.

A photograph of 25-year old Jim Bryson taken in the morgue at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast by soldiers from the Royal Green Jackets regiment, the unit which ambushed and killed him and 19 year old Paddy Mulvenna, Gerry Adams’ brother-in-law in August 1973 in the Ballymurphy district of West Belfast. The photo was one of a number of pictures of the ambush and its aftermath which had been posted on the site of the Royal Green Jackets Association. The photos were recently removed.

Bryson was well known to the British army and was thought to have been involved in a number of shootings, including the shooting of a lance corporal from the KOSB earlier that month. At 7.30am on hearing the report, a lieutenant decided to investigate the sighting.

Dressed in civilian clothes and driving an unmarked vehicle, the lieutenant, accompanied by a sergeant and a private soldier, began a search for the suspect.

After driving around with no success, they were leaving the Ballymurphy area when the lieutenant finally spotted the man thought to be Bryson talking to another man.

Seeing the armed men emerge from the car, the two men ran off, pursued by the two soldiers.

The “company log” of the event states that the lieutenant gave chase to Bryson, who had fired a number of shots at the lieutenant before tripping and dropping his 9mm Star automatic pistol (and states the serial number) and two magazines containing live rounds.

The man thought to be Bryson made his escape while the second man, later named as Gerard Conway, was hospitalised after suffering gunshot wounds to both legs. All this sounds very plausible and believable, that is until you discover what actually occurred.

On the day in question, two brothers John and Gerard Conway were doing what they did every Saturday morning, walking to the bus stop to catch a bus to the city centre were they ran a fruit and veg stall.

While they stood talking, two armed men emerged from a fast-approaching car. Believing they were loyalist gunmen, they ran for their lives.

While Gerard Conway was hit in the legs, his brother managed to escape but attended hospital later with a wound to his buttock.

By 10.50am a report was sent to army headquarters in Northern Ireland that John Conway had also been admitted to hospital and that “he may be the chap they thought was Bryson.”

Within four hours of the incident, it was clear at British army command level, that the shooting of the Conway brothers was obviously a clear case of mistaken identity.

However, once again instead of coming clean on the events, the commanders opted instead for total denial and spin, leaving an RUC spokesperson two days later to tell the Irish News there were no police or troops in the area at the time and the shooting was most likely “IRA justice.” A complete lie.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the mistaken identity that is the problem or the cover-up.

What about the alleged shots fired at the soldier by the man thought to be Bryson?

Óglach James Bryson (on the right in the blue shirt), cousin of the UVF’s Jamie Bryson (pictured below)

The pistol and loaded magazines were recovered so surely his fingerprints would be all over them, plus forensics on their clothing?

Yet no charges were ever brought against the two men.

◾PROTEST: Jamie Bryson went on a very short hunger-strike

From my experience it is simply unthinkable to suggest that if either man had used the gun that was recovered, that they wouldn’t have been subjected to a search, arrested, charged and interrogated before being locked up.

Yet none of this happened. I will leave the reader to reach their own conclusion why.

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With many thanks to the: Morning Star Newspaper for the original story

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Margaret Kennedy holds pictures of her mother Maura Meehan and aunt Dorothy Maguire who were shot dead in 1971more about about Richard Rudkin:

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Lt.-Gen. Sean McCaughey ~11/05/1946

Óglach Sean McCaughey, born 1916 in Aughnacloy, Co.Tyrone, came to Belfast with his family when he was five years old.

He became an enthusiastic member of the Gaelic League in his early years and soon reached Fainne fluency. At the age of eighteen he joined the I.R.A. Promotion came to him rapidly, and eventually he was appointed O/C. Northern Command. In 1934 he was attached to G.H.Q. Staff, Dublin.

On the 2nd September 1941 he was arrested by free state forces and later charged with ‘unlawfully detaining and assaulting Stephen Hayes’, ex Chief-of-Staff, I.R.A., and self-confessed informer who had been suspected of such treachery. Sean refused to recognize the court and after evidence had been given against him by Hayes, he was found guilty on this evidence, and sentenced to death by a military court consisting of three free state army officers. The sentence was later commuted to penal servitude for life after a country-wide protest against the savage sentence which included the voice of Cardinal McRory.

After spending over five years under the most brutal and inhuman conditions in Portlaoise Prison, Sean entered upon a hunger-strike on April 19th, 1946. After he had been sixteen days on strike, he decided to go on a thirst strike also. This was the most torturous, agonizing and deadly weapon of all. On the 11th May, 1946 – the twenty-third day of his Gethsemani, Sean McCaughey died as the great McSwiney had died twenty-six years earlier.

His remains lie in Milltown Cemetery, where a monument was erected to his memory by the National Graves’ Association

‘They have slain bold Sean McCaughey
Who would not live a slave;
In traitors’ faces blanched and strained
Staring eyes were wild and pained
By the tenor of his grave.

Naked, refusing food and drink,
Confined to sunless gloom;
No criminal, he would not wear the convict’s garb
And did not fear his chosen path to doom.’

With many thanks to the: James Connolly Association, Brisbane, Australia for the original story

Remembering Vol. Neil Lafferty Clady, Co Tyrone, a Staff Officer in the West Tyrone Command of Óglaigh Na hÉireann, who died on this day in 1975.

Remembering Vol. Neil Lafferty Clady, Co Tyrone, a Staff Officer in the West Tyrone Command of Óglaigh Na hÉireann, who died on this day in 1975.


With many thanks to: PH Pearse Galbally, Cappagh for the original posting


Remembering this week Martin McShane 16-years-old, Meenagh Park, Coalisland, Co Tyrone, shot dead near his home by members of the British Army’s Royal Marine Commandos on 14th December 1971.

Remembering this week Martin McShane murdered by the British army 14 December 1971

Martin McShane was the eldest of a family with six children. Members of his family described him as a quiet and industrious boy who despite his years still posessed a childhood innocence that was reflected in his love for make believe games. He played football for Coalisland Fianna minor team and was keenly interested in other sports. He was also a keen fisherman, and would often go fishing in Roughan Lough with his uncle.

On the evening of 14 December 1971, Martin had been playing with five other boys, all aged between eleven and sixteen years, near the youth club in the middle of the Meenagh Park housing estate. The youth club was part of MacRory Park Gaelic Athletic Association. The boys, two of whom were Martin’s brothers, were playing a game they had made up known as ‘jail break’. In the middle of their game Martin decided to go home and get his coat. He was only in his home a matter of seconds before returning to rejoin his friends. Directly after he returned he ran off towards the end of the road on which the youth club was situated and hid behind a gate pillar. It was dark and Martin called on his friends to come and get him. A few seconds after he shouted a number of shots rang out. Adults inside the GAA Club hearing the shots ran out to investigate. The other children pointed out where Martin had been playing and the men ran to the gate pillar. They found Martin lying just inside a field a few yards from MacRory Park. He was dead. He had been shot in the temple, the neck, and the body. Beside the dead youth lay a broken plastic toy gun. Locals quickly established that British soldiers hidden amongst some hedging in the field had shot Martin. After shooting the boy they immediately fled the scene and no Crown forces returned for some forty-five minutes.
It was over 24-hours before a British army spokesman admitted their forces were responsible for the killing. During the day following the shooting the British army’s Press Office released two versions of the incident. In their first statement they claimed a Royal Marine Commando patrol that was in Meenagh Park was fired on by three men who made off in a car. The men were seen by the army patrol throwing a rifle out off the car. The implication of the statement being Martin was shot in crossfire. A second statement later claimed the army patrol was near the Meenagh Park estate when they saw a person acting suspiciously. This person they said was carrying a weapon, and after climbing over a fence was seen to take up a firing position, where upon he was shot. The patrol fired a flare to light up the area and saw a weapon under the body. ‘A crowd gathered round so the patrol did not go near,’ and withdrew. Martin McShane’s father replying to the British army statements said his son had not been armed. ‘All his son thought about’ he said ‘was football and playing. He just thought of sport.
Martin was not in the IRA. He was in nothing. I call it brutal murder.’ An inquest into Martin’s killing was held in April 1972. None of the British soldiers who took part in the killing attended the hearing. A British army legal representative read out all their statements, and each soldier was identified only by letters of the alphabet-‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’. In their statements the soldiers claimed they were part of a patrol hiding in a hedge in a field when a figure vaulted over a fence. They said the figure spun round in a crouch position, facing in the direction where they were hiding. They said they then heard a metal click and opened fire. They all admitted they had fired without warning. The British Army’s representative during the hearing tried to connect Martin to a rifle reportedly found on the same night, but two miles from the scene of the killing. A forensic expert called by the British army representative said he had detected lead smears on his hands of the dead youth. Eyewitnesses and relatives disputed the British Army version of the shooting, as well as the forensic expert’s evidence. They pointed out that the fence the dead boy allegedly vaulted over was far to too high for anyone to have done so.
A Royal Ulster Constabulary officer who inspected the scene confirmed the fact. The toy gun seen by civilians who found Martin’s body, and recovered later by the British soldiers when they returned to the scene was revealed to have had no fingerprints on it. Martin’s family denied he had ever owned it. As for the lead traces found on Martin’s hands his relatives said the boy had been working earlier that day with fishing tackle along with his uncle. One of Martin’s young friends told the hearing they played near the youth club and the GAA grounds nearly every night. He said even older lads than Martin joined in the games. He said he had watched Martin going up the road and into a field and shortly afterwards heard a burst of automatic gunfire. This he said was followed by a single shot.
The jury returned an open verdict. Some years after Martin’s killing his family brought a criminal injury case against the British Ministry of Defence for the wrongful killing of their son. In July 1975 the claim was rejected. The judge at the hearing accepting totally the British army version of the shooting, adding that the British soldier who shot Martin McShane was justified in firing, and that his action was not unreasonable.
No British soldiers were ever charged in connection with the killing of Martin McShane.

With many thanks to: PH Pearse Galbally Cappagh for the original posting.

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In 1992 the UVF shot Paddy Fox’s parents dead….12 years later a police notebook with his details fell into.loyalist hands

Charlie and Tess Fox who were murdered in 1992.

THE son of a Co Tyrone couple who were shot dead by the Mid Ulster UVF is to take legal action after discovering a police notebook, containing his personal details, was in the hands of the same organisation who murdered his parents.

Republican Paddy Fox, whose parents Charlie and Theresa were shot dead by loyalists at their home outside the Moy in 1992, said he was warned by police in 2004 that he might be under threat from loyalists.

However at no stage, he claims, was he told that his details were contained in a PSNI notebook which loyalists had in their possession.

The Irish News has seen the police notebook which contains details of police operations and briefings, along with lists of names, addresses and car registrations.

Person details related to Paddy Fox, whose parents were murdered by the UVF, were contained in the notebook.
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The book, which appears to be briefing notes from a serving police officer, gives details of Mr Fox’s address and also contains the make and colour of the car he was driving.

Other names on a ‘watch list’ are well known republicans Kevin Barry Murphy, Aidan Grew and Barry Morgan.

All the names are listed with dates of birth, addresses and in some cases car makes and registrations.

It is not known how the notebook found its way into the hands of loyalists.

But it is believed that none of those whose details were in the book were informed of the security breach.

Republican Paddy Fox (pictured above) Mr Fox said: “In the past I have been informed by the police that my details were in the hands of loyalists but at no time was I ever told how they got them.

“It now seems the details were from the very people issuing me the warnings. There needs to be some accountability for this,” he added.

The notebook also details a briefing by now retired former Special Branch officer Alan Mains, the former senior police officer now works as a security consultant.

Included among briefings is one delivered to officers in relation to an attack on Randalstown Police Station.

In October 2004 a family was held hostage by an armed gang who stole their van to mount a drive-by shooting on the Co Antrim police station.

Three children, aged between five and seven, and a couple were held hostage in the house during the incident.

No-one was injured as four shots hit steel gates at the front of the police station.

Details of the attack are in the notebook listing six homes to be searched in the hunt for ‘items weapons munitions explosives, any item that can be of use to terrorists’.

It is the third reported data breach involving the PSNI in the last four months.

The funeral of Charlie and Tess Fox, murdered by the UVF, passes their Co Tyrone home.

In July The Irish News reported that hundreds of pages of data were leaked to loyalist paramilitaries, after equipment seized as part of an investigation into organised crime was returned with a pen drive attached containing information on private individuals and local companies.

Both the Police Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner are investigating the data breach.

In September a police notebook was lost during searches by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force into the activity of the South East Antrim UDA.

It contained information on suspects as well as some personal details relating to the female officer who lost the notebook.

Despite police appeals for the notebook to be returned it has yet to be recovered.

Charlie Fox

Peter Corrigan of Phoenix Law, which represents a number of those named in the latest breach, said last night: “We will be taking civil action against the PSNI and Chief Constable for this very serious data breach, that potentially resulted in at least one of my clients being told he was under threat from loyalists back in 2004.

“The PSNI had a duty of care to inform those listed in this notebook at the time that they had lost their private details and failed to do so”, he added.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd last night said police were investigating.

“We have conducted preliminary inquiries but given the timescale involved, we have not been able to confirm the loss or theft of a police notebook from this period or area,” he said.

“Our enquiries are continuing.”

Theresa Fox

With many thanks to: Allision Morris and The Irish News for the original story.

The Tyrone AOH, Antrim Hibernians for the great parade in Carnlough. ÉIRE GO BRÁCH.

Carnlough 2018.

Go Raibh Maith Agaibh
The Tyrone A.O.H. wishes to thank our friends among the Antrim Hibernians for the great parade in Carnlough and the warm hospitality on show there.
Éire go Brách!

With many thanks to: Ancient Order of Hiberanians, Co Tyrone- AOH