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Reports and Inquiries



George Young • 4 April 2004

Following the recent publications of the Cory and Barron Reports, I have to ask the question, do republicans really believe that the truth will come out of the Public Inquiries which British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has ordered into the deaths of Rosemary Nelson, Robert Hamill and Billy Wright? Or, that a Public Inquiry will ever be ordered into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings by the British Government, even if they were asked to do so by the Taoiseach.

The harsh realities are that the British politicians, the army and the PSNI, are completely unconcerned about the way in which they waged their dirty war in Ireland. If history has taught us anything about the British establishment and especially the legal system, it is that if you happen to be of republican or nationalist persuasion, then, the last thing you can expect, is any form of justice. The cases of the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four clearly highlight this.

Even if we look at the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, the one thing which has shone out like a beacon, has been the attempts by the M.O.D to undermine and ultimately sabotage the proceedings. They have taken the inquiry as a direct attack on themselves and their minions and continually blocked legal attempts to release official files pertinent to the inquiry, by hiding behind the Official Secrets Act. Indeed, if we consider that there is immunity from prosecution, and the huge numbers of the security forces who gave evidence, I would have thought that at least one person's conscience, might have been pricked and the relatives of the victims would have some form of truth.

Also, if we look at the Stevens Inquiry into collusion. It seems to have dragged on for an uncountable amount of years, (probably, about six, it just seems longer) without any announcement of prosecutions.

The fact is that the Cory report itself, is an indictment of collusion on the part of the security forces, but, equally, the people who carried out this strategy, still hold power within the police and army and will do everything within their power, to stop the true story from being told.

So, although I hope that the truth will come out in the inquiries, I do not believe it will happen.

Firstly, I think that the British had an awful lot more of the security forces involved with the illegal loyalist paramilitaries, (and probably still do) than they would ever want revealed.

Secondly, I do not believe that the British secret machine, would allow any inquiry to find out how far up the chain of command, the decision to implement such a plan would go.

What do you think Mrs T.?










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Sinn Fein - Sold a Pup: Martin Cunningham Interviewed
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