Friday, 18 June 2010

Where to start

IT’S difficult to find the right words or sentiments to comment on the end of the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday.

The 5,000 page tome was finally delivered this week and Derry’s Guild Hall saw some quite remarkable scenes, with hundreds cheering the Prime Minister and the tears of Jean Hegarty – amongst other relatives – poignantly captured on camera.

That the inquiry had to take place was still being called into question after its conclusion; while within hours there were several politicians calling for new inquiries into other events in the dark days of the Troubles.

The tragic deaths in Derry had to be investigated, if only to drive a wedge between an event that marked so much horror in the midst of horror, and a 21st century where only the truly stupid believe that violence can achieve any of their aims in Northern Ireland.

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