29 November 2005

'Sunday' Probe Book Tells Families' Story

Derry Journal

A new book telling the story of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry from the point of view of victims' families has just been published. Written by local journalist and political activist, Eamonn McCann, "The Bloody Sunday Inquiry: The Families Speak Out" is published by Pluto Press and is available from booksellers priced £10.99.

Of all the grave crises in Northern Ireland's history, the events of Bloody Sunday are, perhaps, the most notorious and this unresolved issue continues to be one of the most significant events in the recent history of the Troubles. The resulting Bloody Sunday Inquiry has been epic in both scale and implication. It is the longest and most expensive independent inquiry ever undertaken by the British government and has received evidence from more than 2,500 people. In this new book, twenty-one wounded survivors and relatives of the dead describe the campaign which led to the establishment of the inquiry under Lord Saville.

They reveal their bitterness at the "whitewash" of the first inquiry under Lord Chief Justice Widgery and describe the frustrations and elations of their long struggle to force the British government to launch a new search for the truth.

The relatives comment sharply on the performance of the new Inquiry, and on the attitudes of British and Irish politicians, the media and an array of legal representatives. They reflect on whether soldiers and leading politicians should now be prosecuted for murder and discuss whether the outcome of the Inquiry is likely to hinder or enhance the peace process.

One of the key issues raised in the new book is: will the truth about Bloody Sunday raise more ghosts than it sets to rest?

Eamonn McCann's new book is the story of the longest legal process in British or Irish history recounted in the raw words of those most intimately involved. What they have to say puts a new focus on the significance of state atrocities in shaping perceptions of the past and aspirations for the future in Ireland.

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