Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

New inquiry planned for 'Bloody Sunday' killings in Northern Ireland

Catholic World News - July 06, 2012

Authorities in Northern Ireland have announced plans for a new investigation into the “Bloody Sunday” killings of January 30, 1972.

An earlier investigation concluded that police had opened fire on Catholic demonstrators in the town of Derry without provocation. But to date no charges have been filed against those responsible for the incident, in which 13 people were killed and others wounded. The episode remains one of the most sensitive in a long history of violent conflicts in the region.

The call for a new inquiry brought forth tensions that survive in Northern Ireland despite the arrival of a stable peace agreement. Unionist leaders questioned why the killings of Bloody Sunday should receive special treatment, when violence by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is not subject to new investigation.

Martin McGuiness, the former IRA official who is now deputy first minister in Northern Ireland, also became a subject of new scrutiny. McGuiness denied reports that he carrying a submachine gun in Derry at the time of the Bloody Sunday shootings. He promised full cooperation with any investigation.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,492 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,508.29
44% 56%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Wanted: a balanced Catholic perspective on immigration 0 hours ago
Renewal with God before Us: Christ Determines All 16 hours ago
Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod July 29
Dominican theologians assess proposals for divorced and remarried July 29
The ‘Pope Francis effect’—changing the way the world sees the papacy July 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21