Belfast Telegraph

Relatives want bombers to be caught

Relatives of some of the victims of the 1972 Claudy bombing have called for a renewed effort to catch those bombers who are still alive.

They also called on the Government and Catholic Church to investigate fully their own roles in the cover-up after nine people, including a young girl, were killed and 30 injured when three car bombs exploded in the quiet Co Londonderry village of Claudy in July 1972.

Mark Eakin, who was blown off his feet in the blast that killed his younger sister Kathryn, said while he wanted an apology from the Government, that was not enough.

"An apology, yes, but more than an apology I would like to see somebody brought to justice for this," he said.

Mr Eakin said the families needed to know how far up the conspiracy went: "The Northern Ireland Office couldn't make a decision on this on their own, there's no way William Whitelaw made this decision on his own, it had to come from higher up.

"I would like to ask the British Government if they would now step in and investigate this thing further, give the PSNI of today, who are still trying to investigate, more resources.

"I would also like the Catholic Church to help in any way that it can with any information they haven't previously released, for whatever reason God knows."

None of the relatives of the Catholic victims of the atrocity attended a press conference after the families were briefed by the Ombudsman's team.

Mr Eakin, a Protestant, said he felt for the Catholics who had to hear the shocking revelations about a member of their faith.

"It was a bad day for everybody and I just feel so sorry for some of the Catholic people that had to sit up there today and listen to what they had to listen to about their own Church. I feel they've been let down by their Church."

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