2001-05-26 / Columnists

Meet the Irish by Harry McGuirk

Meet the Irish by Harry McGuirk

Today we recap instant news headlines:

A Bloody Sunday probe to name defense staff responsible for missing weapons.

A top level probe by Britain’s Ministry for Defense into the disappearance of rifles used on Bloody Sunday is to name and shame the staff who lost the guns. And like "Bo-Pep" who lost her sheep they can no longer find them. Fingers are being pointed but "silence is golden," by those who know a lot.

Members of the Parachute Regiment who fired their guns and killed 13 unarmed Catholics during a civil rights march have been granted anonymity investigating the controversial killings. Police were called in last year to investigate the disposal and possible destruction of the paratrooper’s rifles which were being kept at Donnington Arms Depot in England. A number of rifles could not be traced and several others were destroyed which meant there could be no forensic examination of the weapons to determine which soldiers fired which shots.

The inquiry is headed by Lord Saville and is expected to last another two years before publishing its findings. Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland Education Minister has agreed to give evidence at the hearing. He has denied being in charge of the IRA on Bloody Sunday.

A seasoned detective now retired has been working for years to unravel the mystery of a serial killer (or killers) of pretty young ladies who met their end after being savaged by the heinous stalker who makes the beautiful countryside of Ireland his lair and puts fear into the gentle country folks. A guy is in an Irish jail and the determined retired detective believes that the captive knows more than he is saying. The very sad families who have lost loved ones want to know where the last remains of the victims are secretly buried. Please God the killer or killers will own up and give the relatives peace of mind and a Christian burial.

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