Bloody Sunday: Weekend Committee: Programme of events 2015

The civil rights march making its way down William Street on January 30, 1972.
The civil rights march making its way down William Street on January 30, 1972.

The Bloody Sunday Trust and the Pat Finucane Centre are pleased to announce their programme of events to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry in January 1972 and invite the people of Derry and further afield to join with them in marking this important date in Derry’s history.

Next June will mark the 5th anniversary of the publication of the Bloody Sunday Report which completely exonerated those who had been murdered and injured on that day and which held British soldiers responsible for their deaths and injuries.

Since then a PSNI investigation into the events of Bloody Sunday was effectively halted by the Chief Constable. Another PSNI investigation has just been started. We welcome this investigation. We fully support the families and the injured, who have a right to a proper, speedy and effective police inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday and that those responsible for murder or attempted murder should be brought before the courts.

We expect the PSNI to pursue this investigation vigorously, diligently and effectively. We believe that those members of the public who were present on Bloody Sunday and have evidence to give should fully co-operate with the PSNI inquiry. You will do so with the full support of the Bloody Sunday families and those organisations issuing this statement. We also expect others of interest to this investigation to give the same cooperation as the people of Derry, and call on the PSNI to ensure that they do.

We are pleased that other groupings and organisations have organised their own events to commemorate this anniversary. However, in keeping with the expressed wishes of the vast majority of relatives of the deceased and those wounded, we do not support the march planned for the Sunday afternoon and do not intend to take part in it.

The Bloody Sunday Trust will continue throughout 2015 and beyond in its objective of preserving the heritage of the Civil Rights, Internment and Bloody Sunday period through the planned expansion of the Museum of Free Derry, while the Pat Finucane Centre will provide effective leadership in exposing state-sponsored injustice and collusion for the benefit of many families throughout Ireland struggling to find truth and justice with regard to the deaths of their loved ones.

Events:

Friday 30 January 4.00pm - Bloody Sunday Monument, Rossville Street - Event to mark the 43rd Anniversary of the shootings on Bloody Sunday.

7.30pm. Annual Memorial Mass at St Mary’s Church Creggan. All welcome.

Saturday 31st January 7.30 - An Chultúrlann, Great James Street - Annual Bloody Sunday Lecture by Ian Cobain. Followed by entertainment with bar facilities. All welcome.

Ian Cobain was born in Liverpool in 1960. He has been a journalist since the early 1980s and is currently an investigative reporter with the Guardian. His inquiries into the UK’s involvement in torture since 9/11 have won a number of major awards, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism. He has also won several Amnesty International media awards. His first book, Cruel Britannia, investigates Britain’s secret history of torture and is the winner of the Paddy Power/Total Politics Debut Political Book of the Year.

The evening will begin with the Derry launch of a new report by the Committee on the Administration of Justice-

The Apparatus of Impunity?

Human rights violations and the Northern Ireland conflict: a narrative of official limitations on post-Agreement investigative mechanisms

Sunday 1 February 11.00am - Bloody Sunday Monument, Rossville Street - Memorial Service. Includes laying of wreaths.