Bloody Sunday victim’s sister slams SF over Prince Charles visit

Kate Nash, whose brother was killed on Bloody Sunday, has condemned Sinn Fein for taking part in events to mark Prince Charles' visit to Ireland this week.
Kate Nash, whose brother was killed on Bloody Sunday, has condemned Sinn Fein for taking part in events to mark Prince Charles' visit to Ireland this week.

The sister of a man gunned down on Bloody Sunday has condemned Sinn Féin’s decision to take part in events to mark Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland this week.

Sinn Féin insists the visit is an opportunity to promote reconciliation.

Kate Nash, however, says the prince, as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment - the regiment responsible for the 1972 massacre in Derry’s Bogside - is not welcome.

“I’m disgusted and furious at the very fact that Sinn Féin are going to be entertaining Prince Charles here,” she said.

“What they are doing is utterly disgraceful. It’s indefensible.

“If Prince Charles did anything like use his influence to get the disgraced Parachute Regiment disbanded, then I would welcome the man himself,” she said.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the party’s attendance was an opportunity to build on the “good work done by Martin McGuinness and the English Queen.”

He added: “Prince Charles is the colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment, a regiment of the British Army that has been responsible for the killing of many Irish citizens in Derry, Ballymurphy, Springhill and other communities across the North.

“But he also has been bereaved by the actions of republicans.

“Thankfully, the conflict is over. But there remain unresolved injustices. These must be rectified and a healing process developed.

“There is a responsibility on us all to promote reconciliation and seek to promote healing.”

Kate Nash, however, questioned what healing could be gained from the meeting.

She added: “I never wanted a war here, I never wanted anybody to be killed and murdered here and that includes soldiers. But what I’m saying is my brother has still not got justice.”

Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland will include the site in County Sligo where Lord Mountbatten - his great uncle - was killed by the IRA in 1979.