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Saville Report vindicates dead of Bloody Sunday and the brave people of Derry – Ó Caoláin

15 June, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, in an initial response to the Report of the Saville Inquiry, said it vindicates the dead of Bloody Sunday and exposed the lies of the Widgery Tribunal. Deputy Ó Caoláin secured a commitment from the Taoiseach in the Dáil this afternoon that there will be Dáil Statements on the Report next week.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The Saville Report vindicates the 14 dead and the injured of Bloody Sunday. It vindicates also the brave relatives of the dead and the courageous people of Derry who have campaigned for truth and justice for over 38 years.

“The people of Derry and of Ireland and people across the world have long known that the killings by the Parachute Regiment of the British Army were, in the words of the Saville Report ‘unjustified and unjustifiable’. It is highly significant that the British Government has now had to acknowledge that truth as a result of this Report.

“The lies of the Widgery Tribunal have now been fully exposed. For three decades the British government used that lying report to justify the murders committed by its Army on Bloody Sunday.

“This Report should now spur the Irish Government on to press the British government to comply with the unanimous all-party motion adopted by the Dáil nearly two years ago which called on the British government to release to an international investigation all facts it possesses on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 17 May 1974.

“The final act of justice will be when every remaining soldier of the British Army is at last withdrawn from the Six Counties.” ENDS

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