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Football boss thanks ex-PM over Bloody Sunday probe

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/07/2016

Manager: Stephen Kenny
Manager: Stephen Kenny

An ex-Derry City football boss has praised David Cameron for apologising for Bloody Sunday.

Stephen Kenny said the move gained the former Prime Minister "huge respect" in the city.

Thirteen people were shot dead in January 1972 when British paratroopers opened fire on crowds at a civil rights march.

Fourteen others were wounded, and one later died.

The 2010 Savile Report into the incident heavily criticised the Army and concluded that soldiers fired the first shot.

Mr Cameron said at the time: "What happened on Bloody Sunday was unjustified and unjustifiable - it was wrong."

Mr Kenny said: "In 2011, while managing Derry City, I remember vividly the scenes in Derry when, after years of whitewashes and inquiries, David Cameron unreservedly apologised for the murder of civilians by the British Army on Bloody Sunday.

"In the city, while there was some sort of announcement expected, the fact that a Conservative Prime Minister would make such a prompt, forthright, unequivocal apology gained David Cameron huge respect in Derry."

Kenny, who is now the manager of League of Ireland club Dundalk, was writing in the match programme ahead of his side's Champions League qualifying tie with Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjordur.

The 44-year-old is one of Ireland's most successful managers, and has won 14 trophies during his career.

He had two spells at Derry City, from 2004 to 2006, and between 2008 and 2011.

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