I’ll never forgive Soldier F’

loody Sunday relative John Kelly at the meeting on collusion in the Calgach Centre organised by the Pat Finucane Centre. (2002C14)
loody Sunday relative John Kelly at the meeting on collusion in the Calgach Centre organised by the Pat Finucane Centre. (2002C14)

Bloody Sunday relative and campaigner John Kelly (pictured above) says that despite calls from a prominent Derry priest urging people to forgive those who carried out the killings on Bloody Sunday, he will never forgive the soldier who shot his brother Michael dead.

In today’s Sunday Journal, Fr. Michael Canny, Administrator of St Eugene’s Cathedral and spokesperson for the Bishop of Derry, says the challenge for the relatives of those killed and the wider public in Derry is now “to accept as genuine and sincere the words of David Cameron and go even further by doing the genuine Christian act of forgiving.”

In his weekly column he goes on to say: “The 15th of June 2010 can never be an end in itself. The joy that the truth brought that day should provide the energy to enable us to make that next, most difficult step, the step towards forgiveness. It is only when we take that bold step that we will know freedom.”

However Mr. Kelly, who will chair this afternoon’s rally, said he is unable to forgive those who carried out the murders.

“If people feel it within themselves to forgive, that’s up to them,” he said.

“In my mind, I’m not ready to forgive Soldier F who took the life of my young brother and put my mother and my family through so much.

“He showed no remorse whatsoever and has asked for no forgiveness. My mother never forgave him for what he did and in my mind a person like that does not deserve forgiveness.

“I will never forgive the killers for what they did to the people of Derry that day,” he said.