A Derry delegation will travel to Brussels this morning to present the recent report on Bloody Sunday victim Gerald Donaghey to the European Parliament.
The group, consisting of Bloody Sunday families, wounded and eyewitnesses, will be hosted by Martina Anderson MEP. They hope to highlight the continuing controversy surrounding the Donaghey case and the subsequent planting of nail-bombs on the 17 year-old’s body after he was shot by British paratroopers on 30 January 1972.
Geraldine Doherty, niece of Gerald Donaghey, is leading the Derry group on behalf of the Donaghey family. Also travelling will be Margaret Nash, Alana Burke, John Kelly, and the last two men to see Donaghey alive, Leo Young and Raymond Rogan. Also attending will be ‘Journal’ reporter Julieann Campbell and other local press.
On June 15, 2010, the long-awaited Saville Report delivered declarations of innocence for all of those killed or injured - except in the case of teenager Gerald Donaghey - who Lord Saville reported “probably” had nail-bombs on his person throughout. It is a claim refuted by many eyewitnesses at the time, particularly Leo Young and Raymond Rogan.
Speaking yesterday, Geraldine Doherty said: “We need to make the European Parliament aware of Gerald’s case and I hope someone takes an interest in it and the controversy surrounding it. It’s great to have Leo Young and Raymond Rogan with us too, as they were the very last people to see Gerald alive. We have had a lot of support for the case locally, but we need support further afield.
“As long as I’m above ground, I’ll keep fighting for this. It was my mother’s last wish that I keep going until we clear Gerald’s name.”