Investigative journalist Lyra McKee has been researching the events of politician Robert Bradford's last few weeks of life and is ready to put it into book form. To be able to do so, she is crowdfunding to meet costs.
What does that mean? It means this is a work funded by us, the public, the reader. TPQ admires and supports DIY ethos and asks our readers to pledge funds to help Lyra meet her goal.
It does not have to be a large amount, nor a recurring donation; as of today, 18 March, Lyra needs 100 more people to support her book and she will be funded. Please be one of those people and support independent investigative journalism into Northern Ireland's past. Now more than ever this kind of work is desperately needed.
Click here for more information and to sign up to donate and back Lyra McKee. Be sure to watch the video as it is a very good presentation of her project. Let's see her succeed! You can help make this book possible.
The Last Story of Robert Bradford
Reported by Lyra McKee
For nearly 2 years, I’ve been researching the last weeks of local politician Robert Bradford’s life. Before he died, it’s claimed, he was asking questions. About what, few are willing to say. Let’s find out together.
Robert Bradford was assassinated.
Before he died, Robert Bradford was said to have been asking questions about “something sensitive”.
For years, there’s been a rumour.
In the weeks before he was murdered in a Belfast community centre in November 1981, Robert Bradford - a local politician - was said to have been asking questions about something “sensitive”.
Bradford was shot down in the Finaghy Community Centre. The IRA claimed responsibility.
Is this just a rumour? Or is there truth in it? I want to find out. By interviewing those who knew him best and unearthing documents from government archives, I’m trying to piece together the last weeks of Bradford’s life.
Your money will be used to:
• Fund regular research trips to the National Archives in London to find documents which could be relevant to my investigation. It will also enable me to meet sources who fled Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’ and are now living abroad, in the United States and elsewhere.
• Buy me more time. With your help, I can cut down my freelance assignments and spend more time actually working on this story, finding answers.
I’ve been researching this story deeper than anyone else. I’ve spent hours upon hours digging to find the truth.
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