24 February 2006

Bloody Sunday families will get prior notification


(Seamus McKinney, Irish News)

The Bloody Sunday inquiry has confirmed that it will notify "interested parties" in advance of submitting its final report to the secretary of state.

The announcement is the first indication that the publication of the report – expected some time this year – is drawing close.

Lord Saville's team completed the main body of evidence gathering in November 2004 and it was initially hoped the tribunal would publish its report last year.

But due to the huge quantity of evidence, the inquiry was unable to do so and was also unable to state a date for publication.

As the Saville Inquiry was established by parliament, the final report will be handed over to the Northern Ireland secretary who is then expected to publish it.

Earlier this year, John Kelly, whose brother Michael (17) was shot dead, complained that the Bloody Sunday families were not being given any information about the progress of the report.

A spokeswoman for the inquiry yesterday (Wednesday) confirmed that the families and other interested parties (former soldiers etc) would be given substantial notification before the report was handed over to the secretary of state.

February 24, 2006

This article appeared first in the February 23, 2006 edition of the Irish News.

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