McCann steps down as ‘Sunday’ Trust chair

Eamonn McCann addressing the large crowd at the Anti War protest at Guildhall Square yesterday.  (0201JB83)
Eamonn McCann addressing the large crowd at the Anti War protest at Guildhall Square yesterday. (0201JB83)
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Eamonn McCann has stepped down as chairman of the Bloody Sunday Trust.

The veteran campaigner said there were a number of reasons behind his decision.

“It was a suitable moment for a parting of the ways,” he said. “It has been more time and energy consuming than might appear.”

He said that, while he and other members of the Trust had disagreed on a number of issues, they had parted on good terms.

Mr McCann said that, “on balance”, he felt that a controversial march to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march should have been included in the official programme of events.

The majority of the Bloody Sunday families did not take part in Sunday’s march, arguing that last year’s demonstration should have been the final one following the publication of the findings of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

“I think it would have been reasonable to include the march [in the programme of events,” said Mr. McCann.

“But it is also reasonable to say, of course, that the organisers of the week were entitled to decide what should go into the programme and to decide what should go into it whether I or anyone else disagrees with it.”

Jean Hegarty, whose brother Kevin McElhinney was shot dead on Bloody Sunday, paid tribute to Eamonn McCann for his contribution over many years.

She said: “His contribution has been enormous over all these years and he’s been an enormous asset in the campaign.”