Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

McGuinness wrong over IRA's civilian victims

I WAS very interested in the article by Liam Clarke (News, November 7), in which he refers to Martin McGuinness stating that the Provisional IRA never deliberately targeted civilians. I would remind Mr McGuinness of several civilians who were targeted and murdered in his own city.

Jeffrey Agate was targeted and murdered at his home on the Culmore Road in February 1977. He was an executive with the DuPont Corporation and his only "crime" was to bring much-needed jobs to benefit the entire community.

Joanne Mathers, a 25-year-old woman with a two-and-a-half-year-old son, was shot dead at point-blank range as she was helping a resident in the Gobnsascale area of the Waterside to fill out his census form in April 1981.

Leslie Jarvis was targeted and shot dead on March 23, 1987 as he sat in his car outside Magee College, where he was attending night class. To add to this obscenity, after murdering him, the Provisional IRA booby-trapped his car and two RUC officers, Austin Wilson and John Dennison, were killed when they came to investigate the shooting.

On October 24, 1990, Patsy Gillespie was targeted and tied to the steering-column of a van and was forced to drive it to a checkpoint at Coshquin. The bomb was detonated by remote-control, killing Patsy and five soldiers.

One has to pose the question: is our deputy First Minister in the throes of dementia?

PERPLEXED

Portstewart, Co Londonderry

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