Brian Nelson: Diminishing Responsibility?

Previously unseen archives expose the reason for Brian Nelson’s discharge from the British Army. The significant discoveries undermine recent reviews of the recruitment and career of Brian Nelson as a British Army agent within the Loyalist Ulster Defence Association. The secret files also raise serious questions regarding the British state’s responsibility for murder in the […]

The Past and How It Impacts Upon the Present in the North of Ireland

This was a written submission to Dr Haass and Dr O’ Sullivan of NI Executive’s Panel of Parties: The Past and How It Impacts Upon the Present in the North of Ireland. You can download other papers I have written from Scribd. The McGurk’s Bar Bombing Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth By Ciarán […]

Britain’s Man in Maynooth

 The Irish Monsignor and the British Propagandist Whilst studying previously secret files in Kew National Archives, London, as part of my on-going research into my grandmother’s murder in the McGurk’s Bar Bombing of 4thDecember 1971, I came across a very interesting archive. At first glance it is a brief, quite non-descript information report from one […]

HET – How Little Has Changed

Last night I attended an information-sharing event in the Balmoral Hotel hosted by Relatives for Justice and attended by families whose loved ones were murdered during “the Troubles”. Specifically, under discussion – if not close scrutiny – were the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), the Office of the Police Ombudsman (OPONI) and inquests. Experiences with these as […]

New Police Service, Old Story

Today is the 10th anniversary of the murder of North Belfast teenager, Gerard Lawlor, who was shot in the back as he walked home from the Bellevue Arms. He was shot for no other reason than he was a Catholic and he was a defenceless target. His killers were never charged even though their names […]

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Press Release: CJI to investigate how PSNI deals with Ombudsman Findings

The Policing Board is to ask the Criminal Justice Inspectorate (CJI) “to carry out an investigation which will examine the relationship between the PSNI and the Police Ombudsman” following a complaint against the Chief Constable lodged on behalf of two NGOs, British Irish Rights Watch and the Pat Finucane Centre. The two Human Rights organisations had […]

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Families Demand To See Original McGurk’s Report

Below is piece by myself that featured in an article by Kieran Hughes in the North Belfast News (17th September 2011). Last Thursday (8th September 2011) some of the McGurk’s campaigners visited Stormont to hear what the Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson, had to say for himself in front of the Justice Committee. He was answering damning criticisms from […]

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Flogging A Dead PONI

This week the Committee for the Administration of Justice (CAJ), a leading independent, Human Rights group, published a review of the office of the Police Ombudsman Northern Ireland (PONI). Once more, we are presented with a searing indictment of Mr. Al Hutchinson’s management of this crucial statutory body. The CAJ report was initiated in the […]

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