Anderson hosts Bloody Sunday victim Gerald Donaghy campaign in Brussels
Family and friends of Gerald Donaghy murdered by British Paratroopers in Derry on Bloody Sunday 1972 have taken their campaign to clear his name to the European Parliament.
The delegation of Bloody Sunday families hosted by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson travelled to the EU Parliament to highlight the continued injustice perpetrated against the good name of Gerald Donaghy by the findings of Saville.
Among those who met with the campaigners was the Irish Government’s permanent representative in Brussels, Fergal Mythen, Fianna Fail MEP Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher, Irish Culture Minister, Jimmy Deenihan, Mikael Gustafsson of the Swedish Left Party and former Eastenders actor and senior British Labour Party figure Michael Cashman MEP, who specialises in Civil Liberties and Human Rights issues. Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney also accompanied the delegation which along with Gerald Donaghy’s niece Geraldine Doherty and prominent Bloody Sunday campaigner, John Kelly – brother of victim Michael Kelly - included Leo Young whose 17 year-old brother John was also murdered on Bloody Sunday and Raymond Rogan, who attempted to ferry the wounded teenager to Altnagelvin Hospital before they were stopped and detained by British soldiers. Both men have always maintained that at no time while they accompanied Gerald was there any nail bombs on his person.
Martina Anderson said:
“The visit by the representatives of the Bloody Sunday Families who travelled as a delegation to raise awareness of the unjustifiable stain left on the reputation of Gerald Donaghy by the Saville findings, will I am sure gain support among my fellow MEP’s that they met.
“On reading the copy of the report ‘Gerald Dongahey: The Truth About the Planting of Nail Bombs on Bloody Sunday’ given to each MEP and the Irish government representative I have no doubt they will identify with the feelings of the families.
“I congratulate Geraldine and the group on their determination and the powerful presentation they made to the MEP’s. I will now host a further meeting with MEPs in Strasbourg next week to discuss a strategy to build support for the campaign in Europe.”
Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney added:“While the Saville Report was an important building block in Irish/British relations, the Inquiry’s findings left a ‘shadow’ over the Donaghy and Doherty families. We will continue our support for the families in whatevercourse of action they believe is necessary” CRÍOCH