Chris Bray: Hot Pursuit

I accuse you of murder! And I will not rest until I bring you to justice! But, anyway, you're free to leave. No big deal.


On Wednesday, federal prosecutors will walk into an appellate court in Boston and tell a panel of judges that they are seeking evidence in an exceptionally serious crime, the murder of a widowed mother of ten who was taken from her home in Belfast and shot in the back of the head by members of the Provisional IRA. Because they are aiding police officials in the United Kingdom with such an important investigation, they will sound a note of urgency: The matter before the courts must be brought to a conclusion, because murderers must be brought to justice.

They will be full of shit.

There was a murder, and it was awful. A widowed mother was killed, and ten children were left with no parents. But is there a murder investigation underway? Is the Police Service of Northern Ireland working to bring killers to justice?


  1. On the evening news this evening a report from an investigation into how the HET handled their investigations into security force killings by the UU concluded that members of the armed forces were given preferential does this come as a surprise to anyone?

  2. Dr Patricia Lundy is a senior lecturer with the University of Ulster and spent more than two years reviewing how the cases are re-investigated.

    She has produced a report which has questioned the independence of its work.

    "I don't believe it is independent. The research indicates that the interviews with soldiers are not impartial, they are not effective and they are not transparent," she said.

  3. Vincent Kearney

    BBC NI home affairs correspondent

    The HET is reviewing more than 150 killings of soldiers Continue reading the main story
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    The independence of the Historical Enquiries Team in investigating killings by soldiers during the Troubles has been questioned.

    A report from the University of Ulster has claimed soldiers are given favourable treatment and said the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) does not investigate the cases properly.

  4. The appeal in Boston by myself and Ed Moloney goes ahead in the morn. Let's hope it succeeds

  5. Anthony,

    hopefully the courts will be prudent and deliver a fair result that will protect the rights of academic research.

  6. As the above link shows Carrie is doing a great job in the States fighting this issue

  7. I hope the judges see sense and rule in your favour Anthony. There is more than enough information out there already in public domain for the HET to at least quetion Gerry Adams about the role he played within the PIRA & the shooting dead of Jean McConville.

    As far as I can make out (stand to be corrected)..They'll make violent republican groups more angry than they already are..

    I doubt people will see you as a tout or other...

    Both you & Ed entered into the project with nothing but good faith.

  8. Frankie and Tain Bo,

    Much appreciated

  9. A Review By Canice Doherty

    In Pursuit Of Peace In Ireland.

    The Memoirs and Thoughts
    Of An Irish Revolutionary Republican.

    By Liam Ó Comáin
    This review relates to a recent publication by a person who when we met was more reserved than other’s I have encountered who have experienced involvement in what has been termed ‘the troubles’ in the north of our island. The author is the Limavady poet, Liam Ó Comáin, who now resides in Derry City with his wife and family. Now, only recently meeting the author although aware of his existence this book is a valuable contribution to the history of the period and to the author’s central role in it.

    The author, was one of the leaders of the movement for what he alleges was revolutionary change in Ireland in the last 50 years of the 20th century leading into the early years of the present millennium. An ex-full time organiser for the Irish Republican Movement he as organiser was one of the founders of the Civil Rights Association and in later years the Irish National Chairperson of the Irish Republican Socialist Party. In the latter-The Irish Republican Socialist Movement- he also held the position of organiser.

    As a person of principle he strongly opposed the formation of the so-called ‘Provisional Republican Movement’. Being a strict adherent of allegiance to the all-Ireland Republic proclaimed in 1916 and declared in 1918. At present he is not associated with any political grouping.

    An ex-graduate of the University of Ulster he has published articles and books on mysticism, politics, pigeon racing, and poetry in-spite of health problems as he traverses his aging seventies.

    As for this book’s contents I discovered much re those decades, although my ear was close to the ground during them, that I was not aware of. In fact some aspects of this book’s contents are required to ensure that history as it happened will have to be corrected by some authors of the period written about. Now, although I am a nationalist and not a republican, having come through the period which the contents refer too I must emphasise the point that the author apparently provides the truth which others have twisted and neglected for one reason or another. Of course there are aspects that I question but I assume for legal reasons the author could not confirm further.

    In fact there are some startling revelations about the period and about some of the participants. There is no hold back in criticism re others of the political establishment in Ireland, north and south, including references to the Stormont Establishment and even America and the EU.

    As a believer in the contention that the basis of peace is justice the author strongly argues
    on behalf of the latter and is opposed to the concept that peace at any price is the way forward.

    An interesting contribution to the modern history of Ireland and the author concludes by offering the non- Catholic minority a blueprint of a possible way forward - a future which he believes
    is required for our peoples welfare and which could lay the basis for a more peaceful world.

    The book also includes a selection of poetry relating to the subject of republicanism.


    In Pursuit Of Peace In Ireland

    (Priced: £13-30 Sterling and E16-90)

    is published by united P.C.publisher
    c/o Hamilton House,
    Mabledon Place,
    London, WC 1H 9BB,

    It can also be obtained from the publishers international internet site and other internet sites including ‘Amazon’ as well as book distributors and bookshops.

  10. Liam,

    your comment is probably better placed as an article on the blog where it will be more widely read. If you don't get back to us we will just post it as a comment

  11. Anthony:

    Good luck with the appeal.

    Carrie is doing a fantastic job.

    What saddens me is, when Jean Mc Conville was killed, The ruc didn't want to know anything about it, to them it was just another Fenian (as they say). But the ex ruc are now within the het, staring up crap for everyone for their own satisfying witch hunt.