From McGurk's Bar Massacre the story of how the British Army and RUC both lied about the 1971 attack on a North Belfast bar which resulted in the deaths of 15 civilians.
Newly uncovered British Ministry of Defence files prove how the British Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) lied to British government ministers and Number 10 about the McGurk’s Bar bombing days after the massacre.
15 civilians were killed including 2 children in the McGurk’s Bar attack on 4th December 1971 – at the time, the greatest loss of civilian life in a single bombing in Ireland since the Nazi Blitz of Belfast. 16 other civilians were injured. Today (Wednesday) is the 48th anniversary of the atrocity. The families are still seeking truth and justice from the British Government to this very day.
The report – marked secret and dated 15th December 1971 – is from Defence Secretariat 10 (DS10), an important division within British Ministry of Defence (MOD) that provided information and policy advice to Ministers and British military staff during the conflict in the early 1970s.
Addressed to the Minister of State for Defence, copies were sent to the British Prime Minister’s office (10 Downing Street) and the Assistant Secretary of the Home Office as well as key British military staff and MOD offices.
The report records blatant and deliberate British Army and RUC lies aimed at blaming the innocent victims of the attack for the massacre and undermining an eye-witness to the atrocity.
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