Bloody Sunday: the Saville report live
• Saville inquiry strongly condemns behaviour of soldiers who opened fire and exonerates victims
• David Cameron issues apology on behalf of government
• PM will not say whether he thinks soldiers should be prosecuted
• Read the Bloody Sunday report in full
And here is the section of the report with the principal conclusions – ie the 60-page summary.
I’m not going to comment about this for the simple reason that there were 40 years of troubles – rooted in many years of history before that – with the prospect now of peace in Northern Ireland. I do feel that Lord Saville’s report is a remarkable undertaking and it is right that The Widgery Report is consigned, thereby, to history as a falsehood. I do think it right that David Cameron apologised. Our forces do much good, but it must be right, when they err and break the rules that they are held to account – whatever that form may or may not take in Northern Ireland. They say both sides were forgiven in the Good Friday agreement. We shall see if all sides are prepared to admit truth, apologise and move forward in peace.
Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein leader, said about the publication of the report.
I think it’s a wonderful day for Ireland, and can also be a wonderful day for Britain, and for people everywhere who want truth and who want peace and who want justice.
I can see no point to going back if there is hope for the future – but I am not from Northern Ireland and cannot hope to understand even the barest outline of what has been and what could be. I hope that it is possible for all involved to find a future of hope rather than a future of fearful and horrific memories and discord. What can anyone who didn’t exprience it say other than to express the wish of hope for the future?
Saville Report: the lawyers involved
The release of the Saville Report into the events around the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry in 1972 has signalled the end of involvement for dozens of law firms and barristers.