Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Bloody Sunday Saville report ended 40 years of cover-up, says Sinn Fein

Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings march from the Bogside to the Guildhall holding photographs of their relatives, to gain a preview of the Saville Report on June 15, 2010

The Saville report into Bloody Sunday has ended 40 years of cover-up by the British establishment, Sinn Fein have claimed

Over 1,000 people who attended the Sinn Fein Wolfe Tone commemoration at Bodenstown, Co Kildare, on Sunday were told that the lies of Widgery had finally been consigned to the dustbin of history.

The main speaker, Michelle Gildernew MP MLA and Northern Ireland's minister for agriculture, also said that true justice would only be achieved for the Bloody Sunday victims when there was no longer any British rule on the island of Ireland.

Saville had brought to an end a four-decade long cover-up of the 14 Bloody Sunday killings, "authorised at the highest levels'' of the British establishment.

"And let there be no mistake about it, Bloody Sunday was not some aberration by rogue soldiers. Just a few months earlier, 11 innocent civilians were shot dead by the British army in the greater Ballymurphy area of west Belfast.

"The Ballymurphy massacre and Bloody Sunday exposed the malign role of the British army in Ireland and contributed in a major way to the unfolding conflict in Ireland,'' said Ms Gildernew.

"The ultimate act of justice for all our people will be the final removal from Ireland of the British army and the end of British rule in our country."

She also spoke of the continuing blockade on Gaza, now partially lifted.

"We ask the Irish Government and all the governments of the EU: What more does the Israeli regime have to do before Israeli ambassadors are told to go home, and before the EU ends its special trade agreements with Israel?"

Referring to the Fine Gael leadership battle, Ms Gildernew said that after tabling a no-confidence vote in Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny was attacked from within his own ranks.

"We say to Brian Cowen and Fianna Fail and to their Green mudguards -- get out of office, call a general election, let the people give you their answer and let's build a new politics.

"No serious opposition party would make such a shambles of a rare opportunity to hold the Government to account in the way that Fine Gael did with last Tuesday's motion of no-confidence in the Taoiseach.''

Ms Gildernew claimed "Fine Gael is locked in a battle that is all about personalities and has nothing to do with policies. It has nothing to offer that is different from Fianna Fail.

"We say to Labour, if your vision of a new politics is coalition with Fine Gael then you are about to let the people down again. What would be different about economic policy under a Fine Gael-led government?''

The Government had failed the people and the country. It did not have any mandate for NAMA or for cuts to vital public services and social protection and its recent refusal to hold overdue by-elections because it feared the people's verdict was shameful, she concluded.

Also attending Sunday's commemoration were Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and Senator Pearse Doherty, as well as other Sinn Fein representatives.

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