Donaghey report launch on Friday

The new report on the case of Gerald Donaghey will be launched this Friday, June 15 - two years to the day since the Saville Report was published. (120612JC9)
The new report on the case of Gerald Donaghey will be launched this Friday, June 15 - two years to the day since the Saville Report was published. (120612JC9)
0
Have your say

A compelling new report on the case of Bloody Sunday victim Gerald Donaghey will be launched this Friday - exactly two years to the day since Lord Saville’s Report was published.

The Bloody Sunday Trust will officially launch the document at the City Hotel at 11am on Friday, June 15.

Many in Derry will no doubt already be aware of Lord Saville’s contentious ruling on Gerald Donaghey - the murdered teenager whom the British Army later claimed had lethal nail-bombs on his person when shot dead in the city’s Bogside on 30 January 1972.

Photographs emerged in the aftermath of the Derry massacre showing large bombs crammed in Donaghey’s tight denim jeans pockets - but many in Derry argued they had been planted. One of the nail-bombs was actually protruding from the same pocket pierced by the bullet which killed him.

On June 15, 2010, despite evidence to the contrary, the Bloody Sunday Report found that the teenager was “probably armed with nail-bombs” throughout the day - a claim his family have repeatedly denied.

The new report includes an analysis of Inquiry’s findings in relation to Gerald Donaghey by Jane Winters of British Irish Rights Watch and the script of the drama Unfinished Business.

A spokesperson for the Bloody Sunday Trust said: “Our aim is to present all the evidence in the case of Gerald Donaghey so as to show, clearly and without a shadow of a doubt, that Gerald did not have any nail-bombs on him when murdered on Bloody Sunday. The evidence speaks for itself.”

The booklet will be available to buy from Museum of Free Derry, priced £5, and includes a DVD of the 2012 play ‘Unfinished Business’.

All are welcome to attend the launch this Friday, June 15, at 11am in the City Hotel.