27 March 1997 Edition

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Bloody Sunday marchers to sue?

THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER and its columnist UK Unionist Conor Cruise O'Brien may face legal action over remarks printed in last Sunday's 23 March edition. Writing in his column about the latest revelations regarding Bloody Sunday O'Brien said, ``no one who knows anything about Northern Ireland doubts that the `civil rights civilians' were Sinn Fein activists operating for the IRA''.

And now Derry solicitor Paddy MacDermott, who is also a member of the recently formed Bloody Sunday Trust, has said that he believed the article was ``libellous of almost everyone who was on the march that day''.

John Kelly, whose brother Michael Kelly was killed and who is also a member of the Bloody Sunday Justice Group has called on anyone who feels libelled by O'Brien's remarks to contact the campaign, ``so that we can take action against this man''.


Meanwhile the relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday are asking people to sign a petition demanding a new inquiry into the events of 30 January 1972.
The petition has been launched by the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign and the Bloody Sunday Trust.

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