Councillor Rory Farrell welcomes Council funding for Bloody Sunday event

Wed, 21/07/2021 - 13:50 -- Editor

SDLP Councillor Rory Farrell has said Derry & Strabane Council should "support events to commemorate the atrocity" of Bloody Sunday on its 50th anniversary next year.​

Addressing Council's Business & Culture committee where £50,000 was approved to support a major event planned by the Bloody Sunday Trust in January 2022, the Ballyarnett representative said,

"Bloody Sunday was one of the seminal events in Irish history and it happened on the streets of our city.

"The 50th anniversary of that terrible day is six months away and it’s right and it’s proper that Council makes a financial contribution to support events to remember and to commemorate the atrocity."

Cllr Farrell continued, "14 innocent sons of Derry were murdered by British troops while campaigning for civil rights and their families have campaigned for justice ever since. Justice that this current Tory government is intent on avoiding and intent on frustrating.

"Its amnesty proposals are an affront to victims. An affront to common decency. And an attempt to protect British soldiers from prosecution."

Cllr Farrell concluded: "They want the easy way out. They want to brush it all under the carpet. And their devious plans to circumvent justice cannot be allowed to happen."​

 

SDLP Councillor Rory Farrell has said Derry & Strabane Council should "support events to commemorate the atrocity" of Bloody Sunday on its 50th anniversary next year.

Addressing Council's Business & Culture committee where £50,000 was approved to support a major event planned by the Bloody Sunday Trust in January 2022, the Ballyarnett representative said,

"Bloody Sunday was one of the seminal events in Irish history and it happened on the streets of our city.

 

"The 50th anniversary of that terrible day is six months away and it’s right and it’s proper that Council makes a financial contribution to support events to remember and to commemorate the atrocity."

 

Cllr Farrell continued,

 

"14 innocent sons of Derry were murdered by British troops while campaigning for civil rights and their families have campaigned for justice ever since. Justice that this current Tory government is intent on avoiding and intent on frustrating.

 

"Its amnesty proposals are an affront to victims. An affront to common decency. And an attempt to protect British soldiers from prosecution."

 

Cllr Farrell concluded,

 

"They want the easy way out. They want to brush it all under the carpet. And their devious plans to circumvent justice cannot be allowed to happen."​