Bit Bloody Late



Members of the British Army Parachute Regiment make arrests during a lull in shooting on Bloody Sunday, Derry. January 30, 1972

Soldier J is being interviewed at a police station in Belfast, having been arrested by detectives from the Legacy Investigation Branch.
The 66-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of William Nash, 15, Michael McDaid, 20, and John Young, 17, in January 1972.
He is also suspected of the attempted murder of William’s father Alexander who sustained gunshot wounds as he attempted to help his son.
William’s sister Kate has been working for the last 15 years to get justice for the death of her brother.

Bloody Sunday: Former soldier, 66, being quizzed on suspicion of three murders (BelfastLive)

Pic by William L. Rukeyser

31 thoughts on “Bit Bloody Late

    1. Rowsdower

      Would be nice if they bothered to convict any of the number of murderers who ran around Northern Ireland wearing British Army uniforms, if only for symbolism.

    2. brytothey

      Nope, the GFA was only for the early release of prisoners. Plenty have been arrested and sentenced since for crimes during those years.

    3. Mr. T.

      They can be arrested and found guilty but not imprisoned…. I think. It’s more to do with closure for the families and recognition of the truth of what happened.

  1. Rowsdower

    It is interesting to hear the daily mails reaction to this news.

    There seems to be an overwhelming consensus that everyone who died was either in the IRA or was some part of the IRA, basically they all deserved to die at the hands of these heroic soldiers.

    It’s also clear that they believe that these soldiers were only responding to sniper fire from Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness.

    Very interesting.

    1. Earthworm Jim

      First thing I did was head to the mail for a read!

      That’s always their reaction, “What about the IRA!?” in which case they’re suggesting that their own army are terrorists by comparing, rather bigots firing on who were actually their own countrymen

      1. Rowsdower

        This comment amused me

        “So what police unit was set up to pursue terrorist atrocities, oh none, my mistake”

        That would be the police itself, rather than a specific unit you’d think. Unless the PSNI now have a dedicated “Crime” unit.

      1. realPolithicks

        I agree, it’s a pain in the gentleman’s area that you can’t fupping say fupp on this fupping website..;)

          1. Dόn Pídgéόní

            Oh, they didn’t let that through. I’m not surprised, it was bad

            And they are onto me *shifty eyes*

  2. newsjustin

    Kind of makes James McClean’s point for him.

    The insistence on wearing a poppy in British public life is scarily non-negotiable. Doesn’t reflect well on that country.

      1. newsjustin

        Yeah, but the BBC give it huge credibility too eg the Graham Norton show thing (Sienna Miller didn’t wear one…or did she?) and a small report for Country File filmed in AUGUST for broadcast now, where poppies were stuck on people.

        Joe Public British Person is relaxed about it though. You’re right.

        1. Dόn Pídgéόní

          BBC presenters have to wear them, I’m ok with that, Aunty and all that.

          The BBC didn’t report the Sienna Miller thing, that was other papers and tbf most papers following this had pieces about how people died to stop facism, not start it again around wearing poppies. It’s the rubbish papers trying to stir up trouble. Also, Sienna Miller’s interview wasn’t even in November.

          Yes, I am often right.

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    force the fecker to listen to “SUNDAYYYY BLOOODDDYYY Sun —DAYyyyyyyy ” all day long.

    1. Neilo

      Geneva Convention and all that, dear boy. You really want to torture him within civlised bounds, get Margaretta D’arcy to visit him in chokey.

  4. Mr. T.

    I saw a young Army Comrades Association member last week. A prim little chap about 25 who works in a solicitor’s office in my building. He was wearing a poppy and being a right little twit to the person serving him a shop. Nasty little small young man who belongs in 1950s Ireland.

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