Meanwhile, In Birmingham


In Birmingham this morning

This morning.

In Birmingham, England.

A jury was sworn in to hear the inquests into the deaths of 21 people in the 1974 IRA Birmingham pub bombings.

Coroner Peter Thornton told the 11 jurors the inquests could last up to six weeks.

Journalist Tom Bushnell tweetz:

Birmingham pub bombings: Inquests into 21 deaths under way (The Irish Times)

9 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Birmingham

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    A continuing travesty, denying justice to 21 victims and their families because it was more expedient to round up some paddies and jail them to make it look like the West Midlands Police were doing something. Meanwhile the actual bombers still get away with murder.

    1. postmanpat

      And then get there coffins carried by Gerry when they die with all the pomp of a faux-state funeral that SF can manage.

  2. Rob_G

    Of all of the senseless acts of barbarism carried out during the troubles, this must really rank among the most senseless: I can’t imagine how blowing up a load of working class youths out for a drink was supposed to take the fight to the British state. When you see how young many of the victims were – babies, really. And indeed how many had Irish surnames; I can’t understand what it was supposed to achieve.

    1. Hansel

      Not that it’s any excuse whatsoever, but I believe there may have been an intention to destroy the premises because it was popular with British soldiers, rather than a direct intention to kill those inside: I think some form of warning was attempted, which failed.

      Again, not that it’s any excuse whatsoever.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Exactly. Plus much of the original evidence has been destroyed, once the police convinced themselves (and the world) that they had the killers.

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