McGuinness stands firmly behind Donagheys

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, said his party will do everything they can to help the family of Bloody Sunday murder victim, Gerald Donaghey, clear his name.

Mr. McGuinness spoke to the ‘Journal’ during a visit to the site where the new Museum of Free Derry will be located in Glenfada Park.

Pictured during Thursday's vist to the Museum of Free Derry, from left to right, Adrian Kerr (Museum of Free Derry) Paul McNaught (DSD), Robin Percival (Bloody Sunday Trust), Minty Thompson, Julieanne Campbell (Chairperson - Bloody Sunday Trust), Tony Doherty (Bloody Sunday Trust), Depurty First Minister, Martin McGuinness, Michael Gallagher and Raymond McCartney MLA (Bloody Sunday Trust).

Pictured during Thursday's vist to the Museum of Free Derry, from left to right, Adrian Kerr (Museum of Free Derry) Paul McNaught (DSD), Robin Percival (Bloody Sunday Trust), Minty Thompson, Julieanne Campbell (Chairperson - Bloody Sunday Trust), Tony Doherty (Bloody Sunday Trust), Depurty First Minister, Martin McGuinness, Michael Gallagher and Raymond McCartney MLA (Bloody Sunday Trust).

The work to re-vamp the museum will begin on Monday and it is expected it will re-open to the public sometime next year.

“One big disappointment [of the Saville Report] was the finding in relation to Gerald Donaghey which Saville says he stands over. Personally, I don’t think it’s good enough to say that Gerald Donaghey ‘probably’ had nail bombs,” said Mr. McGuinness.

“The whole of Derry know Gerald Donaghey didn’t have nail bombs and they know that when he was taken away in a car to Altnagelvin Hospital it was physically and practically impossible for nail bombs to be on his person.”

In a bid to show solidarity with Gerald Donaghey’s family, Mr. McGuinness’ party colleague, Councillor Mickey Cooper will table a motion to Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The motion will ask the council to re-affirm the innocence of Gerald Donaghey murdered on Bloody Sunday and reject the findings of the Saville Report in relation to him.

“The campaign to clear Gerald’s name will continue and no doubt when the museum reaches completion next year, Gerald will still be at the forefront of our minds and at the forefront of the minds of the Bloody Sunday families in terms of ensuring we get closure that vindicates Gerald along with all of the other innocent people who were murdered that day,” stated Mr. McGuinness.

Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle and member of the Bloody Sunday Trust, Raymond McCartney said until such times Gerald Donaghey’s name is completely cleared the Saville Report will always be contested.

“We [The Bloody Sunday Trust] will do whatever is necessary to assist the Donaghey family in their determined effort to vindicate Gerald Donaghey.

“The Saville Report is flawed in its findings regarding Gerald and until that is rectified it will always be contested.” said Mr. McCartney.