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Will we ever get to the truth of killings?

By Lindy McDowell

This month marks the 37th anniversary of the Coleraine Massacre — although few outside of the family and friends of those who died or were horrifically injured will even know what happened there.

On Tuesday, June 12, 1973, two massive IRA car bombs detonated in the town centre, killing six people and seriously injuring 33 others.

Those who died in this sectarian attack — four of them women — were all pensioners. Among the injured were children leaving a local school.

That Coleraine atrocity, like many others, some larger, some smaller, has been largely, shamefully forgotten here.

Thousands of people, Catholic and Protestant, were murdered by paramilitary groups. But their tragedy has been more or less airbrushed from our history. To highlight this lays you open, as I’ve mentioned before, to the accusation of “whataboutery.”

But some of us would argue that “forgetaboutery” is a damn sight worse.

Among those who might be able to shed some light on the past is Martin McGuinness, the self-confessed IRA second in command in Derry. The man who is currently second in command in a British government at Stormont.

Surely there is now compelling onus on this servant of the state to help in what’s called the truth recovery process? Gerry Adams, after all, has come out to say that he believes that all victims deserve the truth. That’s Gerry Adams who also says he was never in the IRA

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