By Dermot P. J. Walsh (auth.)
Drawing on unique learn into explosive facts which have been hid for twenty-five years, this booklet deals a devastating critique of the reliable Widgery Inquiry into the bloodbath of blameless and unarmed civilians by means of British squaddies on Bloody Sunday. It exposes the Inquiry as a gross denial of justice and the guideline of legislations. specialist research of the subordination of legislation to safety coverage in Northern eire unearths that the Bloody Sunday adventure is an essential component of a sustained trend. Belated customers for a recovery of justice and the guideline of legislations are present in the nice Friday Peace contract and the unheard of institution of a moment Tribunal of Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.
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In Northern Ireland the beneficiaries were the Unionist Party and the Nationalist Party. In a normal democracy this Westminster model of government should, over a period of time, result in a see-saw transfer of power between the two largest parties. A critical and distinctive feature of the Northern Irish ‘democracy’, however, was that elections never produced this see-sawing of power. Northern Ireland had been specifically created as a separate political entity in order to secure a permanent unionist majority over their nationalist opponents.
Nor was this suppression of nationalist culture confined to public events. Publications which sought to promote an Irish nationalist consciousness and identity were regularly censored. Similarly organisations which sought to promote political and social philosophies which the unionist government equated with nationalism were banned. Indeed it was a decision by the minister for home affairs to ban one such organisation which not only demonstrated the sweeping nature of the minister’s powers under the Special Powers Act, but also helped convince nationalists that they could find no redress for their plight in the courts.
In 1933 it was made permanent by a legislative provision The Road to Bloody Sunday 33 to the effect that it would remain in force until parliament determined otherwise. Accordingly it remained in force until replaced by the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act in 1973. 45 Presumably the clause that he had in mind was Section 1 as it conferred executive powers on the minister for home affairs which were both breathtaking and unprecedented in their scope. It empowered the minister for home affairs ‘to take all such steps and issue all such orders as may be necessary for preserving the peace and maintaining order’.