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27 February 1997 Edition

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Progress over Bloody Sunday

A meeting between members of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign and Taoiseach John Bruton, Tanaiste Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa in Dublin on Thursday 20 February has led to the Dublin government committing itself to assisting the relatives' campaign for a new inquiry into the killings.

For the first time an Irish administration has publicly backed the families' call for a new inquiry.

Bruton has ordered all files in the possession of the Irish government relating to Bloody Sunday to be compiled. The Dublin government has pledged to present the information to the British government on behalf of the families. Tony Doherty, spokesperson for the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign said the Dublin government ``expects the British to respond in detail.''

A judicial review being taken by Mary Doherty, a sister of Gerard Donaghy, has been withdrawn from the listings of Belfast High Court. The review which was seeking to have the Widgery tribunal into the Bloody Sunday killings set aside to make way for a new inquiry was withdrawn when a solicitor acting for Ms Doherty said new evidence may soon be available to the families. No information is yet available as to the exact nature of this evidence.

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