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Bloody Sunday: Publish Saville report now, Sinn Fein tells PM

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A youth is arrested at gunpoint by a Paratrooper in Derry on Bloody Sunday Picture by Fred Hoare

A youth is arrested at gunpoint by a Paratrooper in Derry on Bloody Sunday Picture by Fred Hoare

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, which became known as Bloody Sunday,  January 31, 1972.

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, which became known as Bloody Sunday, January 31, 1972.

Fr Daly waving a bloody handkerchief as he and several others carry the fatally wounded Jackie Duddy, 17,  past British soldiers on January 30, 1972, known as Bloody Sunday. Picture by Stanley Matchett

Fr Daly waving a bloody handkerchief as he and several others carry the fatally wounded Jackie Duddy, 17, past British soldiers on January 30, 1972, known as Bloody Sunday. Picture by Stanley Matchett

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A youth is arrested at gunpoint by a Paratrooper in Derry on Bloody Sunday Picture by Fred Hoare

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has told the Prime Minister that a delay in publishing the Bloody Sunday report is unacceptable.

He and Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams met Gordon Brown in London.

The mammoth dossier from Lord Saville was made available to Government lawyers yesterday.

Thirteen people died after Paratroopers opened fire during a civil rights march in Londonderry in January 1972. Another person died of their injuries some time later.

Mr McGuinness said: “The imminent announcement of a British General Election should not be used by the British Government as an excuse to delay the publication of the Saville report.

“The families have already faced years of frustration in seeking the truth. After 12 years of the Saville Inquiry there should be no further delays.”

Government lawyers are to check the contents of the report for material which could pose a threat to life or national security ahead of publication.

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Secretary of State Shaun Woodward confirmed the development in the House of Commons yesterday.

Once the report has been checked, Lord Saville will hand it to the Northern Ireland Secretary for publication.

This may be delayed until after a General Election.


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