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June 15,

Saville Bloody Sunday Inquiry Published at Today in Irish History

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Lord Saville Announcing Results Bloody Sunday

Lord Saville Announcing Results Bloody Sunday

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1919:  First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight

Aviators Alcock and Brown complete the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919 crash landing a modified World War I Vickers Vimy bomber in a bog near Clifden Co. Galway. The flight originated  from St. John’s, Newfoundland the previous day.

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2010: Lord Saville Publishes Bloody Sunday Inquiry – Slams Paras

Results of Bloody Sunday Inquiry under the aegis of  Lord Saville are published twelve years after it was established by Prime Minister Tony Blair. The hard-hitting findings made a mockery of the Widgery Tribunal whitewash of 1972 and elicited a historic apology from Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons.

Saville’s core finding  (Volume I Chapter 5) found “The firing by soldiers of 1 PARA on Bloody Sunday caused the deaths of 13 people and injury to a similar number, none of whom was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury.”

Fr. Edward Daly Bloody Sunday
Fr. Edward Daly waving white hankie, Bloody Sunday. Fellow marchers carry the first victim to be shot, Jackie Duddy who “was running away from the soldiers when he was shot.” Saville Inquiry 3.93

Fr. Edward Daly, Bloody Sunday

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Saville went on to state “What happened on Bloody Sunday strengthened the Provisional IRA, increased nationalist resentment and hostility towards the Army and exacerbated the violent conflict of the years that followed. Bloody Sunday was a tragedy for the bereaved and the wounded, and a catastrophe for the people of Northern Ireland.”

The terrible events of Bloody Sunday were further exacerbated some months later when a patently absurd whitewash of the paratroops conduct was delivered following the Widgery Report which proved to be the final nail in the hopes of moderate nationalists that justice would be seen to be done.

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PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON APOLOGY FOR BLOODY SUNDAY

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The Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry

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BBC complete report

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January 31,

Tomás Mac Curtain. Widgery Inquiry into Bloody Sunday. Annie Lovett


January 31: TODAY in Irish History (by IrishmanSpeaks)  
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1920: Tomás Mac Curtain is elected Sinn Fein Mayor of Cork City. An active republican who participated in the 1916 rising, he would be shot dead two month later in front of his wife and children by a party of men who were later identified as RIC personnel.

Tomás MacCurtain and family

Tomás MacCurtain and family

1921: The Black and Tans kill three rail workers in the Mallow area in retaliation for a botched IRA attack on a British officer which resulted in the death of the officer’s wife.

1972: The day after Bloody Sunday, British Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling announces a tribunal of inquiry “into the circumstances of the march and the incidents leading up to the casualties which resulted”.  After being denied the right to provide an eye-witness account of what happened, an emotional Bernadette Devlin, 24 year old MP for Mid-Ulster who had been on the speakers platform in Derry the previous day, calls Maudling a “murdering hypocrite,” walks across the floor of the House of Commons and strikes him across the face. Devlin later says “”I’m just sorry I didn’t get him by the throat”.

The tribunal of enquiry is to be headed by Lord Chief Justice Widgery. Whatever happened in Derry on Bloody Sunday, there is no suggestion that it was premeditated. However, the dreadful events of January 30 were to be compounded just a few months later when in a deliberate fabrication of the true events of the day, Widgery ( a former army brigadier) added fuel to an already extremely emotional period by claiming the actions of the British troops were justified. blaming the organizers of the march for the deaths. The tribunal’s findings eventually were totally repudiated by the later Saville Inquiry.

1984: Fifteen year old school girl, Annie Lovett dies beside a grotto in Granard, County Longford giving birth to a still born child. The stigma of birth out of wedlock in Catholic Ireland, forced the young girl to keep her pregnancy a secret. Her death generated a national debate about Irish attitudes to sex, contraception and sex education.

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