Forty years too late for an event that should never have happened in the first place. Whatever the excuses (and there were – and are – plenty) the attack in the small Derry village of Clóidigh (Claudy) in late July of 1972 was reckless in the extreme. Though designed to draw pressure off the Irish Republican Army forces in Derry City in the aftermath of Operation Motorman by the British Occupation Forces (or so it is presumed) a series of misfortunes led to three vehicle bombs detonating without adequate warnings in the town killing nine civilians. Now Martin McGuiness, deputy First Minister of the North of Ireland, has made his first substantive statement on the incident. From the Guardian newspaper:
“The Claudy attack was one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles and, while no group accepted responsibility for the attack, it was widely believed to be the work of the IRA.
McGuinness, a former IRA…
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