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Bloody Sunday Inquiry
Liam O Comain • 11.12.03

There are rumours prevalent based upon inquiring phone calls received today that I have been subpoenaed by the Sackville inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, in Derry, in 1972; arising from comments allegedly made by myself in a biography of Martin McGuinness by Liam Clarke and Kathy Johnston.

At the time of issuing this statement there does not exist any foundation for the rumours whatsoever. But it could be an example or case of no smoke without fire.

In the event however of being subpoenad to attend the inquiry I must state that it would be contrary to my will and conscience to do so. For as a Republican I oppose the British military and administrative presence in Ireland and logically from this position I cannot willingly participate in what is a British instituted inquiry.

If the rumours prove to be true however I naturally will seek advice and if I am forced to attend it will be in protest against the infrigement of my freedom of will and conscience.

Upon reflection I have no doubt that the resurrection of an inquiry into the events of that murderous day is a political act initially based upon the need to coax the nationalist people into supporting the Belfast Agreement rather than seeking justice for the dead, the wounded, and their relatives.

The inquiry is also I believe an attempt to discredit Irish Republicanism. . . as well as being an intelligence gathering operation of some magnitude.

If as evidence apparently exists that the British Prime Minister was considering the possibility on an occasion of bringing gunboats up the Foyle to bomb or fire upon the Creggan and the Bogside then I have no doubt he would have no qualms about the events of Bloody Sunday. Thus I believe the British Prime Minster of the time, Edward Heath, his advisers, and the military brass should be tried at an International War Crimes Tribunal.

It is obvious as the inquiry draws to an end that British national self interest is prevalent and that they are in pursuit of a scapegoat, or scapegoats, and if it is not the Provisionals or the remnants of the Officials it could be yours truly or wee Seamus down the Bog.

The British state apparently is desperate in their state of denial.












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13 December 2003


Other Articles From This Issue:


The Right Road to Power
Anthony McIntyre


University Challenge

Seaghán Ó Murchú


Money Talks
Mick Hall


Bloody Sunday Inquiry
Liam O Comain


Stalemate for the GFA
Paul Mallon


The GFA and Other Fairystories
Proinsias O'Loinsaigh


Dies IRAe
Ruth Dudley Edwards


Conversion of Constantine
Terry O'Neill


Republican Prisoner Attacked in Hydebank YOC



Civil Rights Veterans on Prison Situation
October 5th Association


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Electing to Disagree
Brendan O'Neill


The GFA Revisited

Gerry Ruddy


The Problem With the Kurds
Pedram Moallemian


Even Northern Ireland Has Global Responsibilties
Anthony McIntyre


Rafah Today: The Tent
Mohammed Omer




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