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The Shankill bomb atrocity 23/10/93

The Shankill bomb atrocity 23/10/93

The Shankill bomb atrocity 23/10/93

The Shankill bomb atrocity 23/10/93

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland  - 29th June 2009  - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Challenge to the appointment of four Victims Commissioners fails.  The case at the High Court in Belfast was brought by Michelle Williamson, whose parents were killed in the Shankill bomb.  Various victims groups including William Frazers' FAIR  were also involved in the case.  Michelle Williamson pictured outside court.  See copy by Alan Irwin/Laganside media.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th June 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Challenge to the appointment of four Victims Commissioners fails. The case at the High Court in Belfast was brought by Michelle Williamson, whose parents were killed in the Shankill bomb. Various victims groups including William Frazers' FAIR were also involved in the case. Michelle Williamson pictured outside court. See copy by Alan Irwin/Laganside media.

Jonathan Porter

The Shankill bomb attrocity

The Shankill bomb attrocity

Shankill bomb atrocity

Shankill bomb atrocity

Shankill bomb atrocity

Shankill bomb atrocity

Shankill bomb atrocity

Shankill bomb atrocity

<b>Images from the Belfast Telegraph Troubles Gallery</b>  IRA checkpoint, the early 1970's

<b>Images from the Belfast Telegraph Troubles Gallery</b> IRA checkpoint, the early 1970's

IRA Bomb attack on the La Mon House Hotel

IRA Bomb attack on the La Mon House Hotel

La Mon House Hotel Provisional IRA Bomb
Victim, Sandra Morris

La Mon House Hotel Provisional IRA Bomb Victim, Sandra Morris

La Mon House Hotel Provisional IRA Bomb
Victim, Carol Mills

La Mon House Hotel Provisional IRA Bomb Victim, Carol Mills

La Mon House Hotel Provisional IRA Bomb
Victim, Christine Lockhart

La Mon House Hotel Provisional IRA Bomb Victim, Christine Lockhart

SDLP press conference with John Hume, Gerry Fitt, Austin Currie and Paddy Devlin.  11/09/75

SDLP press conference with John Hume, Gerry Fitt, Austin Currie and Paddy Devlin. 11/09/75

Behind the barbed wire of long kesh internment camp   are SDLP  MPs(from left)Paddy Devlin, Austin Currie, John Hume and Ivan Cooper. They were visiting internees. 21/09/71

Behind the barbed wire of long kesh internment camp are SDLP MPs(from left)Paddy Devlin, Austin Currie, John Hume and Ivan Cooper. They were visiting internees. 21/09/71

Billy Wright ,loyalist fanatic who was shot dead in the Maze Prison, was leader of the renegade Loyalist Volunteer Force

Billy Wright ,loyalist fanatic who was shot dead in the Maze Prison, was leader of the renegade Loyalist Volunteer Force

Ulster Vanguard Movement: Ulster Vanguard Association Rally at Stormont. 29/03/72

Ulster Vanguard Movement: Ulster Vanguard Association Rally at Stormont. 29/03/72

William Craig:Leader of the Vanguard Unionist Progressive party.

William Craig:Leader of the Vanguard Unionist Progressive party.

Ulster Vanguard Movement: A section of the crowd at the Vanguard Association Rally at Ormeau Park.  18/03/72

Ulster Vanguard Movement: A section of the crowd at the Vanguard Association Rally at Ormeau Park. 18/03/72

Ulster Defence Association/U.D.A: 1972.  Delegates at the talks between Vanguard, Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Association of Workers.

Ulster Defence Association/U.D.A: 1972. Delegates at the talks between Vanguard, Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Association of Workers.

Ulster Vanguard Movement:September 1972.

Ulster Vanguard Movement:September 1972.

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.

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Stewart Gardner, Argylls second lieutenant of Dollar shot dead at Crossmaglen, Co Armagh. September 22nd 1972.

Stewart Gardner, Argylls second lieutenant of Dollar shot dead at Crossmaglen, Co Armagh. September 22nd 1972.

Government of Northern Ireland: The Executive. December 1973.

Government of Northern Ireland: The Executive. December 1973.

&lt;b&gt;The Belfast Telegraph Troubles Gallery&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

<b>The Belfast Telegraph Troubles Gallery</b><br/>The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

Pictured is Jimmy Stewart, who lost both legs in the Abercorn Restaurant explosion. The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

Pictured is Jimmy Stewart, who lost both legs in the Abercorn Restaurant explosion. The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn, on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

A casualty of the riots in Northern Ireland in 1972

A casualty of the riots in Northern Ireland in 1972

Northern Ireland murder victim Irene Andrews who was murdered by John White on the 26th June 1973.

Northern Ireland murder victim Irene Andrews who was murdered by John White on the 26th June 1973.

Belfast Fire Brigade Station officer McCleery, being carried from a bomb explosion, Cromac Street, circa 1971.

Belfast Fire Brigade Station officer McCleery, being carried from a bomb explosion, Cromac Street, circa 1971.

Peter Robinson of the DUP pictured in the Israeli Border Area with AK47 rifles while on a fact finding mission to the Middle East. Pacemaker Press Intl. Dec. 1984

Peter Robinson of the DUP pictured in the Israeli Border Area with AK47 rifles while on a fact finding mission to the Middle East. Pacemaker Press Intl. Dec. 1984

Armed soldiers behind a wall on Londonderry's Bogside.

Armed soldiers behind a wall on Londonderry's Bogside.

John Hume is detained by soldiers during a civil rights protest in Londonderry in August 1971.

John Hume is detained by soldiers during a civil rights protest in Londonderry in August 1971.

John Hume is detained by soldiers during a civil rights protest in Londonderry in August 1971.

John Hume is detained by soldiers during a civil rights protest in Londonderry in August 1971.

Main Street Claudy in August 1972 when three Provisional IRA car bombs exploded without warning, killing 9 local people and injuring many others.

Main Street Claudy in August 1972 when three Provisional IRA car bombs exploded without warning, killing 9 local people and injuring many others.

John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono raise their fists as they join a protest in front of British Overseas Airways Corp. offices in New York on Fifth Avenue, Feb 5th 1972. The demonstrators called for the withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland.

John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono raise their fists as they join a protest in front of British Overseas Airways Corp. offices in New York on Fifth Avenue, Feb 5th 1972. The demonstrators called for the withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland.

Funeral of Walter Moore, who was shot while in a shop at the rear of Oldpark RUC base, Oldpark Road Belfast

Funeral of Walter Moore, who was shot while in a shop at the rear of Oldpark RUC base, Oldpark Road Belfast

Gordon Wilson. Irish Senator who's daughter Marie was a victim of the Ennieskillen Remembrance Day explosion in 1987. Pictured with his grandson Timothy.

Gordon Wilson. Irish Senator who's daughter Marie was a victim of the Ennieskillen Remembrance Day explosion in 1987. Pictured with his grandson Timothy.

The funeral of Marie Wilson, killed along with 10 others in no warning explosion during a Remembrance Day Service at Enniskillen Cenotaph.  8/11/1987

The funeral of Marie Wilson, killed along with 10 others in no warning explosion during a Remembrance Day Service at Enniskillen Cenotaph. 8/11/1987

William Hughes who was killed in shooting incident due to a mistake by gunmen. The car they were sitting in near Coagh, Co. Tyrone looked like a police car. In the hail of gunfire directed at the car, William Hughes died. His daughter Ann and her fiance Malachy Foye were wounded.

William Hughes who was killed in shooting incident due to a mistake by gunmen. The car they were sitting in near Coagh, Co. Tyrone looked like a police car. In the hail of gunfire directed at the car, William Hughes died. His daughter Ann and her fiance Malachy Foye were wounded.

Anglo Irish Agreement Protest Rally outside Belfast City Hall, with Unionists showing a united front. 'Ulster Says No'.  10/12/1985

Anglo Irish Agreement Protest Rally outside Belfast City Hall, with Unionists showing a united front. 'Ulster Says No'. 10/12/1985

The scene outside Graham's bookmakers shop, North Queen Street after a shooting where five men were injured. 29/04/1993

The scene outside Graham's bookmakers shop, North Queen Street after a shooting where five men were injured. 29/04/1993

The scene outside Graham's bookmakers shop, North Queen Street after a shooting where five men were injured. 29/04/1993

The scene outside Graham's bookmakers shop, North Queen Street after a shooting where five men were injured. 29/04/1993

Hugh O'Toole, owner of O'Tooles Bar (The Heights), Loughinisland, in which six men were shot dead watching the 1994 World Cup on television.

Hugh O'Toole, owner of O'Tooles Bar (The Heights), Loughinisland, in which six men were shot dead watching the 1994 World Cup on television.

Reggie and Walter Chapman: Protestant brothers brutally murdered on a lonely roadside in S. Armagh. Kingsmill Massacre/Shooting. 5/1/1976. Their Bessbrook funeral. 8/1/1976.

Reggie and Walter Chapman: Protestant brothers brutally murdered on a lonely roadside in S. Armagh. Kingsmill Massacre/Shooting. 5/1/1976. Their Bessbrook funeral. 8/1/1976.

Alan Black, a survivor of the Kingsmill, Armagh Massacre/Shooting, when he was shot with his 10 workmates in an ambush on their way home from work by gunmen.  5/1/1976

Alan Black, a survivor of the Kingsmill, Armagh Massacre/Shooting, when he was shot with his 10 workmates in an ambush on their way home from work by gunmen. 5/1/1976

Unionist protests at visit to Belfast of Charles Haughey, former Taoiseach. Pictured are Peter Robinson, deputy leader of the DUP, intervening as Cedric Wilson is led away from the Europa. 11/4/1990.

Unionist protests at visit to Belfast of Charles Haughey, former Taoiseach. Pictured are Peter Robinson, deputy leader of the DUP, intervening as Cedric Wilson is led away from the Europa. 11/4/1990.

Unionist protests at visit to Belfast of Charles Haughey, former Taoiseach. Pictured Rev Ian Paisley. 11/4/1990.

Unionist protests at visit to Belfast of Charles Haughey, former Taoiseach. Pictured Rev Ian Paisley. 11/4/1990.

Mr Roddy Connolly of Bray, unveils a plaque at 420 Falls Road, Belfast, where his father, James Connolly, the 1916 leader, lived from 1907-10 while working in the north for the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. Connolly was born 100 years previous to the plague being unveiled (pictured here in 1968). The plaque was donated by  MP Mr Gerry Fitt (also pictured).

Mr Roddy Connolly of Bray, unveils a plaque at 420 Falls Road, Belfast, where his father, James Connolly, the 1916 leader, lived from 1907-10 while working in the north for the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. Connolly was born 100 years previous to the plague being unveiled (pictured here in 1968). The plaque was donated by MP Mr Gerry Fitt (also pictured).

Lord Gerry Fitt, founding member of SDLP and Civil Rights Organiser. Pic shows Gerry Fitt, then a republican MP, is held by police as the Civil Rights demonstrators clash with them in Duke Street, Londonderry. Pic includes nationalist leader Eddie mcAteer (centre) caught up in the struggle. 7/10/1968.

Lord Gerry Fitt, founding member of SDLP and Civil Rights Organiser. Pic shows Gerry Fitt, then a republican MP, is held by police as the Civil Rights demonstrators clash with them in Duke Street, Londonderry. Pic includes nationalist leader Eddie mcAteer (centre) caught up in the struggle. 7/10/1968.

Ronnie Flanagan, former RUC chief constable

Ronnie Flanagan, former RUC chief constable

Richard Alan Baird (28) killed by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a parked van. The bomb was detonated when a RUC mobile patrol drove past in Bessbrook Co. Armagh.  Also killed in the blast were Paul Gray (25) , Robert Lockhast (44)  and Noel Webb (30) 17/4/1979

Richard Alan Baird (28) killed by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a parked van. The bomb was detonated when a RUC mobile patrol drove past in Bessbrook Co. Armagh. Also killed in the blast were Paul Gray (25) , Robert Lockhast (44) and Noel Webb (30) 17/4/1979

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured canvassing with Martin McGuinness, Alex Maskey and Danny Morrison shortly after he was shot and injured in a UDA gun attack in Belfast city centre.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams pictured canvassing with Martin McGuinness, Alex Maskey and Danny Morrison shortly after he was shot and injured in a UDA gun attack in Belfast city centre.

Scene where Michael Tighe (17) was shot dead by RUC when found with rifles in a shed in Lurgan.  24/11/1982.

Scene where Michael Tighe (17) was shot dead by RUC when found with rifles in a shed in Lurgan. 24/11/1982.

An army bomb disposal expert in flameproof  suit and padded body armour tackles an incendiary bomb at a clothing shop in the cetre of Belfast in 1984.

An army bomb disposal expert in flameproof suit and padded body armour tackles an incendiary bomb at a clothing shop in the cetre of Belfast in 1984.

Crumlin Road Jail. The scene outside as traffic on the Crumlin road is searched by the RUC following the escape. 17/11/1971

Crumlin Road Jail. The scene outside as traffic on the Crumlin road is searched by the RUC following the escape. 17/11/1971

RUC Constable Michael Frederick Leslie Marshall, killed in an IRA ambush in Beleek. Forensics examine Constable Marshall's Sierra 21.10.1989

RUC Constable Michael Frederick Leslie Marshall, killed in an IRA ambush in Beleek. Forensics examine Constable Marshall's Sierra 21.10.1989

A man is taken away by troops in the Markets area, Belfast as searches followed vicious shooting battles between gunmen and army. 11/8/1971.

A man is taken away by troops in the Markets area, Belfast as searches followed vicious shooting battles between gunmen and army. 11/8/1971.

Sir John Herman, former RUC chief constable and his bride Sylvia

Sir John Herman, former RUC chief constable and his bride Sylvia

Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

Ian Paisley confronts an RUC officer when refused access to Duke Street where the Civil Rights parade went on. 10/10/1988

RUC constable Victor Arbuckle who was shot during street disturbances on the Shankill Road Belfast. He was the first RUC man killed in the troubles. October 1969

RUC constable Victor Arbuckle who was shot during street disturbances on the Shankill Road Belfast. He was the first RUC man killed in the troubles. October 1969

Mrs Arbuckle, wife of constable Victor Arbuckle who was shot during the Shankill Road riots receives the Union Jack which covered the coffin during the funeral service at Roselawn Cemetry

Mrs Arbuckle, wife of constable Victor Arbuckle who was shot during the Shankill Road riots receives the Union Jack which covered the coffin during the funeral service at Roselawn Cemetry

Miami Showband massacre... A Ford Escort which was one of the cars used by loyalist gunmen, is left abandoned near the murder scene. 31/7/1975

Miami Showband massacre... A Ford Escort which was one of the cars used by loyalist gunmen, is left abandoned near the murder scene. 31/7/1975

Miami Showband

Miami Showband

Darkley (Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Hall). The scene where three elders were shot dead by the INLA. The terrorists broke in during a church service. 20/11/1983

Darkley (Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Hall). The scene where three elders were shot dead by the INLA. The terrorists broke in during a church service. 20/11/1983

The children who escaped death by inches at Darkley, from left, Graham Ritchie, Helen Wilson, Nigel Wilson, Andrew Reid (standing) and Keith Ritchie, photographed the day after the INLA attack.

The children who escaped death by inches at Darkley, from left, Graham Ritchie, Helen Wilson, Nigel Wilson, Andrew Reid (standing) and Keith Ritchie, photographed the day after the INLA attack.

Sir John Hermon, the former Chief Constable of the RUC at the funeral of the RUC's 100th victim of the Troubles, Constable Neill Quinn. Newry  22/6/1081

Sir John Hermon, the former Chief Constable of the RUC at the funeral of the RUC's 100th victim of the Troubles, Constable Neill Quinn. Newry 22/6/1081

Betty Williams, former leader of the NI Peace People, pictured with Mairead Corrigan.

Betty Williams, former leader of the NI Peace People, pictured with Mairead Corrigan.

UDA members being carried in a Land Rover along the Shankill Road.  22/05/72.

UDA members being carried in a Land Rover along the Shankill Road. 22/05/72.

A soldier recieves first aid after being injured by debris after a car bomb exploded on the Crumlin Road. 29/05/72

A soldier recieves first aid after being injured by debris after a car bomb exploded on the Crumlin Road. 29/05/72

Riots in Belfast.

Riots in Belfast.

UDR colleagues fire a volley of shots over the grave of Private Steven Smart, at Movilla Cemetary. Private Smart was killed along with three others after an IRA bomb blew up their Land Rover in Downpatrick. 13/04/90

UDR colleagues fire a volley of shots over the grave of Private Steven Smart, at Movilla Cemetary. Private Smart was killed along with three others after an IRA bomb blew up their Land Rover in Downpatrick. 13/04/90

Ballgawley Bus Bomb. The scene of the explosion. 20/08/88

Ballgawley Bus Bomb. The scene of the explosion. 20/08/88

Warrenpoint (Narrow Water Castle) where 18 soldiers were killed 27/8/1979. A grim reconstruction of the scene at narrow water, Warrenpoint. An Army helicopter flies in past a replica of the hay lorry which hid the first bomb.  31/8/1979.

Warrenpoint (Narrow Water Castle) where 18 soldiers were killed 27/8/1979. A grim reconstruction of the scene at narrow water, Warrenpoint. An Army helicopter flies in past a replica of the hay lorry which hid the first bomb. 31/8/1979.

Lisburn Fun Run, 6 soldiers killed. All that ramains of their van after a IRA bomb explosion.  15/6/1988.

Lisburn Fun Run, 6 soldiers killed. All that ramains of their van after a IRA bomb explosion. 15/6/1988.

Bomb blast at the Seaforde Street army post on Belfast's Newtownards Road. 17/09/1971

Bomb blast at the Seaforde Street army post on Belfast's Newtownards Road. 17/09/1971

Bomb making lessons in the maze prison.

Bomb making lessons in the maze prison.

Rose and Crown Bar. Two men were killed and 27 injured when a bomb went off in the hallway of the bar. 2nd May 1974

Rose and Crown Bar. Two men were killed and 27 injured when a bomb went off in the hallway of the bar. 2nd May 1974

North Street Arcade. A bomb exploded prematurely, killing four people and injuring twenty. 13th January 1976.

North Street Arcade. A bomb exploded prematurely, killing four people and injuring twenty. 13th January 1976.

Ann Street. A huge bomb planted in a car had exploded causing extensive damage. 28th May 1972.

Ann Street. A huge bomb planted in a car had exploded causing extensive damage. 28th May 1972.

Abercorn Restaurant. The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn , on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

Abercorn Restaurant. The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn , on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

Abercorn Restaurant. The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn , on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

Abercorn Restaurant. The explosion of a bomb in the crowded central Belfast restaurant, the Abercorn , on 4th March 1972, was one of the most horrific incidents of the Northern Ireland violence. Two women were killed - 130 people injured.

Abercorn Restaurant bomb. Tom McFarlane

Abercorn Restaurant bomb. Tom McFarlane

Abercorn Restaurant bomb. Rosaleen McNern (right) who lost both legs, an arm and an eye - her sister Jennifer (left) lost both legs.

Abercorn Restaurant bomb. Rosaleen McNern (right) who lost both legs, an arm and an eye - her sister Jennifer (left) lost both legs.

Sir Edward Carson inspecting the U.V.F 1913

Sir Edward Carson inspecting the U.V.F 1913

Glory days: Sir Edward Carson rallying the unionist faithful

Glory days: Sir Edward Carson rallying the unionist faithful

RUC policeman, DS John Bennison killed in booby trap car bomb in the grounds of Magee College, Londonderry.  The coffin is carried from his home at Tyler Avenue, Limavady. 23.3.1987

RUC policeman, DS John Bennison killed in booby trap car bomb in the grounds of Magee College, Londonderry. The coffin is carried from his home at Tyler Avenue, Limavady. 23.3.1987

The funeral of DI Austin Wilson, an RUC man killed in a booby trap car bomb in the grounds of Magee College, Londonderry.  23.3.1987

The funeral of DI Austin Wilson, an RUC man killed in a booby trap car bomb in the grounds of Magee College, Londonderry. 23.3.1987

THE IRA FUNERAL ON THE FALLS ROAD OF ROSE CURRY, KILLED  IN A PREMATURE BOMB EXPLOSION AT  MERRION STREET, LOWER FALLS BELFAST

THE IRA FUNERAL ON THE FALLS ROAD OF ROSE CURRY, KILLED IN A PREMATURE BOMB EXPLOSION AT MERRION STREET, LOWER FALLS BELFAST

A child lies by a litter bin after an IRA  bomb blast in Warrington town centre 1993

A child lies by a litter bin after an IRA bomb blast in Warrington town centre 1993

Steel helmeted police at a burning barricade across Shankill Road, Belfast, littered with stones and debris after a spree of rioting. 1969

Steel helmeted police at a burning barricade across Shankill Road, Belfast, littered with stones and debris after a spree of rioting. 1969

Loyalists waving a Union Jack surround  Home Secretary James Callaghan on the Shankill Road, Belfast.   28/8/1969.

Loyalists waving a Union Jack surround Home Secretary James Callaghan on the Shankill Road, Belfast. 28/8/1969.

The body of Joseph Donegan, discovered  in an entry off Battenberg Street in Belfast's Shankill Road area, lies covered by a blanket.  25/10/1982.

The body of Joseph Donegan, discovered in an entry off Battenberg Street in Belfast's Shankill Road area, lies covered by a blanket. 25/10/1982.

Harry Ward was shot dead in The Diamond Jubilee Bar, Shankill Road, Belfast October 1991. Pictured is his sister Sadie, being led away from the scene.

Harry Ward was shot dead in The Diamond Jubilee Bar, Shankill Road, Belfast October 1991. Pictured is his sister Sadie, being led away from the scene.

DESMOND BOAL IS HELD ALOFT BY JUBILANT UNIONIST SUPPORTERS AT THE BELFAST CITY HALL AS THE RESULT OF THE SHANKILL BY-ELECTION IS ANNOUNCED.     17/2/1960

DESMOND BOAL IS HELD ALOFT BY JUBILANT UNIONIST SUPPORTERS AT THE BELFAST CITY HALL AS THE RESULT OF THE SHANKILL BY-ELECTION IS ANNOUNCED. 17/2/1960

Troops and UDA members on joint patrol at Clon Duff Drive in Castlereagh Road area of Belfast, 1972.

Troops and UDA members on joint patrol at Clon Duff Drive in Castlereagh Road area of Belfast, 1972.

The funeral of RUC man William Russell, shot while investgating a burglary at the  Avoca Shopping Centre, Andersontown, Belfast

The funeral of RUC man William Russell, shot while investgating a burglary at the Avoca Shopping Centre, Andersontown, Belfast

Hunger striker Bobby Sands coffin, flanked by an IRA colour party, leaving his mother's home in Twinbrook.

Hunger striker Bobby Sands coffin, flanked by an IRA colour party, leaving his mother's home in Twinbrook.

Bobby Sands' son Robert Gerald holds his mother's hand at the funeral of his father Bobby in west Belfast flanked by Masked IRA men. Picture by Martin Wright

Bobby Sands' son Robert Gerald holds his mother's hand at the funeral of his father Bobby in west Belfast flanked by Masked IRA men. Picture by Martin Wright

Army engineers take away the fallen statue of the famous Protestant minister The Rev 'Roaring Hugh Hanna'   after an early morning IRA bomb blast at Carlisle Circus.   3/3/1970

Army engineers take away the fallen statue of the famous Protestant minister The Rev 'Roaring Hugh Hanna' after an early morning IRA bomb blast at Carlisle Circus. 3/3/1970

Newly elected DUP MP Peter Robinson and his wife Iris.   4/5/1979

Newly elected DUP MP Peter Robinson and his wife Iris. 4/5/1979

Peter Robinson about to invade the small village of Clontibret, Co Monaghan, in 1986.

Peter Robinson about to invade the small village of Clontibret, Co Monaghan, in 1986.

Gerry Adams and Brendan Hughes in Long Kesh

Gerry Adams and Brendan Hughes in Long Kesh

Martin McGuinness  in Derry's Bogside at a  press conference. 1971

Martin McGuinness in Derry's Bogside at a press conference. 1971

Members of the UDA provide an escort at the funeral of 30 year old John Lunnen Brown, a UDA volunteer, of Blackmountain Park, Springmartin.  01/07/72.

Members of the UDA provide an escort at the funeral of 30 year old John Lunnen Brown, a UDA volunteer, of Blackmountain Park, Springmartin. 01/07/72.

Northern Ireland Troubles Gallery: Mrs Mary Meehan who was shot by the army in Cape Street, 23rd october 1971. Family photo.

Northern Ireland Troubles Gallery: Mrs Mary Meehan who was shot by the army in Cape Street, 23rd october 1971. Family photo.

Northern Ireland Troubles Gallery: Scots Guardsman, Paul Nicholls, from Caithness, killed by an IRA sniper on the Falls Road, Belfast. 1971

Northern Ireland Troubles Gallery: Scots Guardsman, Paul Nicholls, from Caithness, killed by an IRA sniper on the Falls Road, Belfast. 1971

Scene of the IRA bomb and shooting attack  at Loughall Police Station which resulted in 8 IRA and 1 Civilian being killed.

Scene of the IRA bomb and shooting attack at Loughall Police Station which resulted in 8 IRA and 1 Civilian being killed.

Supporters of the UDA preparing  food to be used by UDA members in the Shankill Road area.  02/07/72

Supporters of the UDA preparing food to be used by UDA members in the Shankill Road area. 02/07/72

MOURNERS CARRYING HURLING STICKS HEAD THE FUNERAL PROCESSION   OF JOHN JOSEPH KAVANAGH, FOUND SHOT DEAD IN THE RIVER BLACKSTAFF. 27.01.1971.

MOURNERS CARRYING HURLING STICKS HEAD THE FUNERAL PROCESSION OF JOHN JOSEPH KAVANAGH, FOUND SHOT DEAD IN THE RIVER BLACKSTAFF. 27.01.1971.

A UDA checkpoint barrier at Moat Road.  08/06/72

A UDA checkpoint barrier at Moat Road. 08/06/72

UDA on the streets of Londonderry.  30/09/72

UDA on the streets of Londonderry. 30/09/72

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney, who spent 53 days on IRA hunger strike.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney, who spent 53 days on IRA hunger strike.

Some of the 24 Ulsterbuses which were burnt out after an IRA attack on the depot in Armagh.    28/4/1982.

Some of the 24 Ulsterbuses which were burnt out after an IRA attack on the depot in Armagh. 28/4/1982.

Mourners panicking at Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, after a gun and bomb attack by Michael Stone which left three people dead and four seriously injured during the funerals of three IRA membes shot dead in Gibraltar.  1988

Mourners panicking at Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, after a gun and bomb attack by Michael Stone which left three people dead and four seriously injured during the funerals of three IRA membes shot dead in Gibraltar. 1988

Joan Travers and her daughter Ann at the funeral of  her other daughter, Mary, shot dead by IRA gunmen in Windsor Avenue, Belfast. while walking home from Mass with her father Judge Tom Travers. 1984

Joan Travers and her daughter Ann at the funeral of her other daughter, Mary, shot dead by IRA gunmen in Windsor Avenue, Belfast. while walking home from Mass with her father Judge Tom Travers. 1984

Ian Paisley at the scene of the IRA motar attack on Newry Police Station.  which killed 9 officers.  28/2/1985.

Ian Paisley at the scene of the IRA motar attack on Newry Police Station. which killed 9 officers. 28/2/1985.

President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness  at the funeral of Patrick Kelly . 1987

President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness at the funeral of Patrick Kelly . 1987

Martin Meehan (centre) with Gerry Adams at a funeral in Belfast in 1971 of a Belfast IRA commander.

Martin Meehan (centre) with Gerry Adams at a funeral in Belfast in 1971 of a Belfast IRA commander.

UDA men line up for inspection at Bloomfield before the march.  30/09/72

UDA men line up for inspection at Bloomfield before the march. 30/09/72

Reverend Martin Smyth and Billy Hull with UDA leaders.  1972

Reverend Martin Smyth and Billy Hull with UDA leaders. 1972

The Shankill Road member.  1972

The Shankill Road member. 1972

A man is frisked by masked members of the UDA at a barricade on the Lisburn Road end of Sandy Row.  1972

A man is frisked by masked members of the UDA at a barricade on the Lisburn Road end of Sandy Row. 1972

Belfast, Bloody Friday, 21 July, 1972, the IRA set off 26 explosions in Belfast, which killed 11 people and injured 130. 7 people were killed in Oxford Street bus station and 4 at a shopping centre on the Cavehill Road.

Belfast, Bloody Friday, 21 July, 1972, the IRA set off 26 explosions in Belfast, which killed 11 people and injured 130. 7 people were killed in Oxford Street bus station and 4 at a shopping centre on the Cavehill Road.

Riots in Belfast, 1969

Riots in Belfast, 1969

A man talks to soldiers over the barricade, in Divis Street, Belfast. 16/8/1969

A man talks to soldiers over the barricade, in Divis Street, Belfast. 16/8/1969

Respects are paid to the victims of Bloody Friday, Oxford Street, Belfast

Respects are paid to the victims of Bloody Friday, Oxford Street, Belfast

Rioting in Belfast, 1962

Rioting in Belfast, 1962

A family flee their home during rioting in Belfast 1969

A family flee their home during rioting in Belfast 1969

Belfast 1969

Belfast 1969

British soldiers patrol Belfast in 1969

British soldiers patrol Belfast in 1969

Belfast City Hall bombed. 23/5/1994.

Belfast City Hall bombed. 23/5/1994.

UDA barricades off Ainsworth Avenue.  04/07/72

UDA barricades off Ainsworth Avenue. 04/07/72

September 2005 Army landrovers burn during serious rioting in a loyalist area of west Belfast on Saturday following the re-routing of an Orange Order march. Automatic gunfire and blast bombs were used against the police and army and three armoured military vehicles were destroyed by the rioters. Picture by Crispin Rodwell

September 2005 Army landrovers burn during serious rioting in a loyalist area of west Belfast on Saturday following the re-routing of an Orange Order march. Automatic gunfire and blast bombs were used against the police and army and three armoured military vehicles were destroyed by the rioters. Picture by Crispin Rodwell

Drumcree by Tony Hendron

Drumcree by Tony Hendron

December 1971 An ambulance man carries the body of baby Colin Nicholl from the wreckage of the Balmoral Furnishing Company on the Shankill Road in Belfast following a 'no warning' Provisional IRA bomb which killed 2 babies and 2 adults as well as injuring scores of other people on a Saturday afternoon - just before Christmas.
Picture by Alan Lewis

December 1971 An ambulance man carries the body of baby Colin Nicholl from the wreckage of the Balmoral Furnishing Company on the Shankill Road in Belfast following a 'no warning' Provisional IRA bomb which killed 2 babies and 2 adults as well as injuring scores of other people on a Saturday afternoon - just before Christmas. Picture by Alan Lewis

Tarred, feathered and tied to a lamppost. Picture by Trevor Dickson

Tarred, feathered and tied to a lamppost. Picture by Trevor Dickson

Thomas McMullan's 2001 shot of a British Army robot detonating a van bomb.

Thomas McMullan's 2001 shot of a British Army robot detonating a van bomb.

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

Loyalist murderer Michael stone storms Stormont

Loyalist murderer Michael stone storms Stormont

August 1994 A young boy and soldier on the Springfield Road in west Belfast Picture by Pacemaker

August 1994 A young boy and soldier on the Springfield Road in west Belfast Picture by Pacemaker

Picture by Gerry Fitzgerald

Picture by Gerry Fitzgerald

April 1977 Gerry Fitt MP showing how he defended his home with a pistol after a mob attacked it. Picture by Charles Cockcroft

April 1977 Gerry Fitt MP showing how he defended his home with a pistol after a mob attacked it. Picture by Charles Cockcroft

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley reacts to questioning from the media outside Castle Buildings

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley reacts to questioning from the media outside Castle Buildings

2000 A young girl looks on as Loyalist Paramilataries carry the remains of her father and their commander through the streets of Tigers Bay in north Belfast after he was was killed by Republicans. Picture by Cathal McNaughton

2000 A young girl looks on as Loyalist Paramilataries carry the remains of her father and their commander through the streets of Tigers Bay in north Belfast after he was was killed by Republicans. Picture by Cathal McNaughton

April 1984 Man is searched by the British Army on Belfast's Falls Road as people go about their businness, hardly seeming to register that this was happening. Picture by Brendan Murphy

April 1984 Man is searched by the British Army on Belfast's Falls Road as people go about their businness, hardly seeming to register that this was happening. Picture by Brendan Murphy

July 2001 An RUC man lies injured during a riot in Ardoyne before an Orange parade returns passed a Nationalist area on the 12th July 2001. Picture by Ann McManus

July 2001 An RUC man lies injured during a riot in Ardoyne before an Orange parade returns passed a Nationalist area on the 12th July 2001. Picture by Ann McManus

The Funeral of the Quinn Children Ballymoney. Picture by Alan McMullan

The Funeral of the Quinn Children Ballymoney. Picture by Alan McMullan

August 1998 A river of blood runs across the road as security forces and emergency services recover bodies from the scene of the Omagh Bomb. The 'Real IRA' carried out the no-warning attack on shoppers in the crowded County Tyrone market town killing 30 people (including unborn 8 month term twins). Picture by Photopress

August 1998 A river of blood runs across the road as security forces and emergency services recover bodies from the scene of the Omagh Bomb. The 'Real IRA' carried out the no-warning attack on shoppers in the crowded County Tyrone market town killing 30 people (including unborn 8 month term twins). Picture by Photopress

An impromptu street demonstration in the Ravenhill area of east Belfast celebrates the collapse of the Power Sharing Executive following a loyalist wave of strikes and blockades acroos Northern Ireland. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

An impromptu street demonstration in the Ravenhill area of east Belfast celebrates the collapse of the Power Sharing Executive following a loyalist wave of strikes and blockades acroos Northern Ireland. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

December 2002 Six year old twins Sean and Dean Fegan peer through the hole where their letterbox had been following an explosion which rocked their home early this morning in an attack claimed this afternoon by the loyalist Red Hand Defenders who had put a pipe bomb through their letterbox. The blast happened in a Catholic area of Oldpark Road in north Belfast. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

December 2002 Six year old twins Sean and Dean Fegan peer through the hole where their letterbox had been following an explosion which rocked their home early this morning in an attack claimed this afternoon by the loyalist Red Hand Defenders who had put a pipe bomb through their letterbox. The blast happened in a Catholic area of Oldpark Road in north Belfast. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

August 1984 John 'Sean' Downes clutches his chest as he is fatally wounded by a plastic bullet.   The incident occured after police moved in to try to arrest Noraid fund raiser Martin Galvin who was the subject of a UK exclusion order and who had just been paraded by Sinn Fein on a platform outside Connolly House in Andersonstown. Picture By Alan Lewis

August 1984 John 'Sean' Downes clutches his chest as he is fatally wounded by a plastic bullet. The incident occured after police moved in to try to arrest Noraid fund raiser Martin Galvin who was the subject of a UK exclusion order and who had just been paraded by Sinn Fein on a platform outside Connolly House in Andersonstown. Picture By Alan Lewis

June 1997 Louis Johnston (7), in tears as he follows his dad's coffin from the family church in Lisburn, County Antrim. Constable David Johnston was one of two RUC community officers shot dead by the Provisional IRA in Lurgan, County Armagh just days before the IRA ceasefire was announced. Picture by Alan Lewis

June 1997 Louis Johnston (7), in tears as he follows his dad's coffin from the family church in Lisburn, County Antrim. Constable David Johnston was one of two RUC community officers shot dead by the Provisional IRA in Lurgan, County Armagh just days before the IRA ceasefire was announced. Picture by Alan Lewis

Hundreds of thousands of Unionists crowded Belfast City Centre in a huge &quot;Ulster Says No&quot; rally against power sharing after a call by the Rev Ian Paisley and other Unionist leaders of the time. Picture by Photopress

Hundreds of thousands of Unionists crowded Belfast City Centre in a huge "Ulster Says No" rally against power sharing after a call by the Rev Ian Paisley and other Unionist leaders of the time. Picture by Photopress

A bomb explodes in a stationary shop in Royal Avenue, Belfast Picture by Fred Hoare

A bomb explodes in a stationary shop in Royal Avenue, Belfast Picture by Fred Hoare

A man lies injured on the ground after being caught in a bomb explosion in Donegall Street, Belfast. Picture by Fred Hoare

A man lies injured on the ground after being caught in a bomb explosion in Donegall Street, Belfast. Picture by Fred Hoare

Fred Hoare captures a confrontation between police and republicans in Belfast

Fred Hoare captures a confrontation between police and republicans in Belfast

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

The Last Gunman by Brendan Murphy, July 1997. An IRA man on the Lower Ormeau area fires at a police roadblock on the bridge across the River Lagan. Within weeks, the IRA declared its second ceasefire.

The Last Gunman by Brendan Murphy, July 1997. An IRA man on the Lower Ormeau area fires at a police roadblock on the bridge across the River Lagan. Within weeks, the IRA declared its second ceasefire.

July 2002 Children cover their ears and scream as UFF gunmen fire a volleys of shots on the Lower Shankill Road in Belfast as a giant bonfire lights up the area during the traditional celebrations of the eve of the &quot;Twelfth&quot;. Picture by Alan Lewis

July 2002 Children cover their ears and scream as UFF gunmen fire a volleys of shots on the Lower Shankill Road in Belfast as a giant bonfire lights up the area during the traditional celebrations of the eve of the "Twelfth". Picture by Alan Lewis

Parents escort their children to Holy Cross Girls&rsquo; Primary School during a Loyalist protest in 2001. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

Parents escort their children to Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School during a Loyalist protest in 2001. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

A mother cries on her son's shoulder as he relays the tale of his cruel beating by loyalist paramilitaries in Antrim. Picture by John Taggart

A mother cries on her son's shoulder as he relays the tale of his cruel beating by loyalist paramilitaries in Antrim. Picture by John Taggart

Belfast's Milltown Cemetery comes under attack by UDA man Michael Stone, during the funerals of three Provisional IRA members. Picture by Bobby Ingram

Belfast's Milltown Cemetery comes under attack by UDA man Michael Stone, during the funerals of three Provisional IRA members. Picture by Bobby Ingram

Fire crews tackling a blaze in Queen Street, Belfast in 1977. The fire was caused by a bomb. Photograph by Bobby Ingram.

Fire crews tackling a blaze in Queen Street, Belfast in 1977. The fire was caused by a bomb. Photograph by Bobby Ingram.

A man's body is recovered after the Enniskillen Bomb. Picture by Raymond Humphreys

A man's body is recovered after the Enniskillen Bomb. Picture by Raymond Humphreys

&lt;strong&gt;August 2005&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br/&gt; Lord Fitt, (then Gerry), standing forelornly in the burnt out remains of his home on the Antrim Road in Belfast. He had just flown in from London to see the damage caused by a rampaging republican mob from the nearby New Lodge Road area. He was elevated to the House of Lords shortly after this incident. He likened the mob to the 'Waffen SS' youth movement in Nazi Germany. &lt;br/&gt;Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

<strong>August 2005</strong><br/> Lord Fitt, (then Gerry), standing forelornly in the burnt out remains of his home on the Antrim Road in Belfast. He had just flown in from London to see the damage caused by a rampaging republican mob from the nearby New Lodge Road area. He was elevated to the House of Lords shortly after this incident. He likened the mob to the 'Waffen SS' youth movement in Nazi Germany. <br/>Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

A young boy plays against a wall in North Belfast on the eve of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. Picture by Crispin Rodwell

A young boy plays against a wall in North Belfast on the eve of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. Picture by Crispin Rodwell

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The Shankill bomb atrocity 23/10/93

A Belfast woman whose parents were killed in the Shankill bomb has said she could sit down with Martin McGuinness to discuss the past, but only after an IRA apology.

On her first visit to America, victims campaigner Michelle Williamson found a large crowd of kindred spirits in New York at a demonstration called to coincide with the arrival of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi at the United Nations.

“I met a lot of people who were in the same position as myself,” she said during an interview at the Sheraton Hotel yesterday.

“And I met a lot of good Libyan people that had been hurt by Colonel Gaddafi’s regime. I realised that I’m not the only innocent victim in the world. These were people you met for the first time, but you connected straight away,” she explained.

“And the biggest connection that we had was that we were all badly hurt by terrorism.”

When the Lockerbie bombing occurred in 1998, Michelle, then 21, said she felt “shock and horror that people were so cruelly taken out of the skies”.

She wasn’t aware of the Libyan connection to the IRA at the time her parents were killed in the 1993 Shankill bombing. It wasn’t until she joined Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR) that she discovered the link.

Ms Williamson said that while she has been encouraged by the level of support she has found in America , she’s sceptical that Gaddafi will ever be moved to act. “I won’t believe it until I see it. I still reckon that five, 10 years on we’ll still be fighting for it.

“But this isn’t about money for me, this is about recognition, and an apology would go an awful long way,” she said.

Williamson and FAIR leader Willie Frazer were in the audience when Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson appeared on a panel discussion organised by Bill Clinton in New York on Wednesday.

“To see people who were once terrorists sitting beside American people — it was very, very, hard to stomach,” she said

Asked if she could conceive of ever meeting Mr McGuinness to discuss the past, she said: “First I would need an apology from the IRA. I would be very angry talking to Martin McGuinness, I would tell him exactly what I thought of him and get it off my chest.

“I probably could sit down with him, but it would be a very hard thing to do. I still see the terrorists. I know that’s wrong, but I still see the man for what he did.”

Frazer said that he and Ms Williamson had been in Washington for meetings on Capitol Hill before coming to New York. On Thursday they met in New York with relatives of 9/11 victims and lawyers who are assisting them in their compensation drive.

Mr Frazer insisted the issue of Libyan compensation isn’t about money. “We need closure. We have to have redress. Holding Colonel Gaddafi to account is holding the IRA to account, and it’s going to close the history books on the conflict in Northern Ireland,” he said.

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