‘We moved a mountain’ - one year on from Saville

John Kelly, salutes the thousands of Derry people packed into Guildhall Square to hear the findings of the Saville Report. (1506SL100) Photo: Stephen Latimer

John Kelly, salutes the thousands of Derry people packed into Guildhall Square to hear the findings of the Saville Report. (1506SL100) Photo: Stephen Latimer

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A new booklet will be launched today to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the findings of the Saville report into Bloody Sunday.

The launch is one of a series of events held across the city to celebrate the anniversary of the report, which found that all of the victims of Bloody Sunday were innocent and was highly critical of the British army’s actions.

The 20-page booklet features excerpts from what the representatives of each of the Bloody Sunday families said in Guildhall Square immediately after the historic report was published.

It also includes the full text of British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s, speech in the House of Commons, during which he described the actions of British army paratroopers on Bloody Sunday as “unjustified and unjustifiable.”

Also included are statements made by Foyle MP Mark Durkan, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, President Mary McAlese, then Taoiseach Brian Cowen, and the leaders of the main Protestant Churches in Ireland.

Mickey McKinney, whose brother, Willie, was among those murdered, dedicated the commemorative booklet to the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign. “This booklet helps mark the culmination of a long and often difficult journey. Thanks to the determination of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign, the world now knows the truth and finally our loved ones can rest in peace.

“At times it seemed impossible, but we persevered and we never gave up hope that the British government would hold up their hands and admit the truth. The support of the people of Derry and further afield in England, America and elsewhere has been invaluable during this long struggle and we thank all of them.

“The report was far from perfect, but collectively it marked a huge achievement for a group of ordinary people who took on the government and saw it through to the end. One year on from the Saville Report, we should look back on those events with pride and a sense of achievement. We moved a mountain,” he said.

Julieann Campbell, press officer for the familes, helped compile the booklet. “Hopefully, in years to come it will help remind the families and the wider community of what they achieved together,” she said.

The booklet will be launched at the Museum of Free Derry by relatives of those killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday at 1pm tomorrow.