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McGuinness comments on Claudy Anniversary

31 July, 2012

Commenting on the 40th Anniversary of the Claudy bomb, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:

The deaths and injuries caused in Claudy on 31 July 1972 were wrong. The events of that day were appalling and indefensible and they should not have happened.

All of the deaths and injuries inflicted on totally innocent people in this quiet village forty years ago should motivate everyone in our society to ensure such terrible tragedies never happen again.

Today marks the anniversary of Claudy. It is also the 40th Anniversary of two unarmed young men from Creegan in Derry who were shot by the British Army. Last week it was Bloody Friday. Next week is the anniversary of the killing of nineteen people in Ballymurphy during internment week.

It is my firm view that we need to find a better way of dealing with the legacy of the conflict which goes beyond individual acts of commemoration or remembrance and begins to deal with the very real hurt that exists throughout our society.

All of the families of those who died or were injured deserve and are entitled to the truth about the deaths of their loved ones.

We must collectively increase our efforts to heal the deep hurt caused by the Claudy bombings and all of the suffering in 1972, and continue to build on the progress of our peace process.”

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