The Common Good
July-August 2001

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

by Rose Marie Berger, Susannah Hunter | July-August 2001

Twenty-nine years after the fact, U.K.

Twenty-nine years after the fact, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair is attempting to discern exactly what happened in Derry, Northern Ireland, on "Bloody Sunday" in 1972; 14 people were killed and 14 injured when British soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians at a civil rights march. Blair called for the inquiry in 1998, and since its onset this spring more than 1,500 civilians, members of the clergy, journalists, photographers, and soldiers have testified.

Witness Edward Daly, a curate at St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry at the time, said, "The inquiry means a great deal to the families of those who died and those who were wounded. The events of that day have haunted me for all these years." The hearings are open to the public, with reserved seating for families of the victims and a spillover site for 900 more people at the nearby Rialto Cinema, where they can watch the hearings via closed-circuit television.

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