'Bloody Sunday' Report Published After 38 Years

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The day that became known in Northern Ireland’s history as Bloody Sunday – when thirteen civilians were shot dead by British soldiers at a civil rights march in Londonderry on January 30, 1972 – remains a controversial flashpoint in Northern Ireland’s history. It triggered three decades of bitter and sectarian violence known as the Troubles, which claimed more than 3,600 lives.

But on Tuesday, the longest and most expensive legal inquiry in British history found all thirteen civilians innocent. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the deaths were “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”

We’re joined by the BBC’s Ireland correspondent Ruth McDonald, who was in Londonderry, Northern Ireland when the report was received by cheering crowds yesterday.

Guests:

Ruth McDonald

Produced by:

Kate McGough

Comments [1]

Kevin from Southampton

Ruth McDonald said the victims' families had the community behind them 100%. Northern Ireland's problems come down to the fact that there isn't one community, there are two, and while the Catholic community and many or even most Protestants may well have supported the families in their campaign for justice, there is still a sizable portion of the Protestant community that certainly didn't.

A lot of progress has been made in Northern Ireland, but the extremists on both sides are still there, they just aren't shooting or bombing people any more. Is that enough, or can real peace and reconciliation be achieved?

Jun. 16 2010 07:54 AM

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