Sinn Féin Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has commended the fortitude and dignity of the Bloody Sunday families in their long campaign for justice for their murdered loved ones.
Conway-Walsh was speaking in the Seanad today after the decision of the Public Prosecution Service to bring charges against one British soldier in relation to the killing of 14 civilians in 1972.
Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Conway-Walsh said;
“We share the disappointment of the families that only one former soldier has been charged with two counts of murder and four attempted murders, given the clearly established facts about the actions of the British Army on Bloody Sunday.
“What happened in Derry on Bloody Sunday was wrong. The Saville Inquiry found that the killings were unjustified and unjustifiable.
“This was not disputed by the then British Government. Today’s decision does not change this fact.
“Although there is understandable disappointment, the families can be proud of their achievements to date. It is due to their efforts that the whole world knows now that the events of Bloody Sunday constituted a massacre of the innocents.
“From Widgery right up to Saville, the families have faced the might of the British establishment and their efforts to keep hidden its crimes committed in Ireland.
“Today’s callous comments from the British Defence Secretary underscore the importance of implementing previously agreed mechanisms to deal with legacy.
“The families’ efforts have done so much to expose the truth, but no family should be made to wait 47 years for such a basic right.
“Today belongs to the families. I want them to know that Sinn Féin will continue to stand with them in whatever further actions they may choose to take.”