Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Bloody Sunday: “Sorry Don't Make It Right”

'Eamonn McCann in Conversation' with Tommy McKearney on why Cameron's apology for Bloody Sunday is no substitute to justice.

If Eamonn McCann were ever to appear on 'Master Mind' I think he'd be safe enough to choose Bloody Sunday as his specialised subject. He was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights campaign and was on the anti-internment march on 30th January 1972 as Bloody Sunday unfolded before his eyes. He wrote the first pamphlet on the killings, entitled “What Happened In Derry”, which was published in February 1972. 
Within a week of the British Government's notorious Widgery Report in April 1972, his pamphlet “The Widgery Whitewash” was in print.

He went on to write two books on the subject, including the seminal 'Bloody Sunday In Derry What Really Happened' published by Brandon in 1992 as well as a number of other pamphlets and scores of newspaper articles on the massacre. He also wrote and produced three television programmes on the subject.
Eamonn was chairman of the Bloody Sunday Trust for 10 years up until and including the release of Lord Saville's Report into the second British Public Inquiry into the events of the day.

As a journalist, with a few exceptions he attended everyday of the inquiry. In 2010 he won Amnesty International's Journalist of the Year award. In the same year he won a special award from the Guardian Newspaper and Private Eye for his investigative journalism on Bloody Sunday.

Never afraid to court controversy where truth must disturb the liberal consensus he delivered a comprehensive critique of the limitations of the Saville Report just two weeks after its publication (see link on this website). He has since published widely on the limitations of the second Bloody Sunday Report and its reception. He characterises David Cameron’s much-praised Commons speech on the report as “lies and sheer hypocrisy”.