This event will explore why relatives of victims of the conflict continue to demand due process and accountability from the state, despite recent exploratory moves by sections of the British government to introduce an amnesty and declare a statute of limitations for killings perpetrated by its soldiers and policemen.
Allied to these moves, some seven years after the publication of The Bloody Sunday Report, rather than relatives of the dead seeing British Paratroopers standing in the dock for their role in the events of that day, what we have is a legal process that continues to drag on without any perceivable end in sight. In the meantime elderly relatives are dying without ever receiving justice for the loss of their loved ones.
And more recently in the case of the Loughisland massacre of 18th June 1994 where the Ombudsman’s report found there was collusion by members of the RUC in the killings of the six men shot what we now see is the state, through Judge Bernard McCloskey seeking to overturn that decision in favour of an appeal taken by former members of the RUC’s Special Branch.
Now in the 20th anniversary year of the signing of the Good Friday peace agreement our invited panel of speakers will explore these and other important questions and consider what the implications are for society here if these issues are not properly and urgently addressed.
Patrick Murphy, Irish News columnist
Denis Bradley, Co Chair of the Consultative Group on the Past (known as “The Bradley/Eames” Report)
Eamonn McCann, Journalist, activist and long-time campaigner for Justice For Bloody Sunday
Peter Corrigan, Solicitor and Partner of the legal firm KRW Law
The event will be chaired by Bernadette McAliskey
Admission Free, All welcome.