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January 29,

Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association is founded. Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

January 29: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)
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1948: Pat Kenny, Irish broadcaster is born.

Pat Kenny

1967: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association is founded. By any standards, the Catholic / Nationalist community had suffered government sponsored discrimination since the foundation of Northern Ireland. NICRA was formed to campaign for civil rights, partly inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States. One of the instigators of the movement was South African born Kadar Asmal, a lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, who would  have been deemed a second class citizen in his own country.

Civil Rights Mural Derry

Civil Rights Mural Derry

The core objectives of NICRA were:

1) One man, one vote

2) End to gerrymandering. In Derry for instance, the local government constituencies had been manipulated to reduce the representation of the majority Catholic population

3) End discrimination in public housing. This became the catalyst for the growth in NICRA when in June 1968, Nationalist politician Austin Currie raised the case of a 19 year old single Protestant woman who was allocated a house in advance of numerous Catholic families with large families. The issue became a cause celebre, generating huge international attention and generated the first serious civil rights marches in Northern Ireland, some of which would result in terrror and death for participants.

1998: Following extensive lobbying, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announces a new judicial enquiry, headed by Lord Saville, into the events of Bloody Sunday, January 30 1972 when 13 civilians were killed by British troops. The original enquiry conducted by Lord Widgery, where he exonerated the military of all blame was seen as a total whitewash by Nationalists and most indepenent observers. Saville would not publish his damning report until 2010, concluding that British paratroopers fired the first shots without warning and that none of the victims were armed.

Lord Saville Announcing Results Bloody Sunday

Lord Saville Announcing Results Bloody Sunday

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