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P1

"This Sunday became known as Bloody Sunday and bloody it was. It was quite unnecessary. It strikes me that the Army ran amok that day and shot without thinking what they were doing. They were shooting innocent people. These people may have been taking part in a march that was banned but that does not justify the troops coming in and firing live rounds indiscriminately. I would say without hesitation that it was sheer, unadulterated murder. It was murder.”
Major Hubert O’Neill, coroner and retired British Army Major, 21st August 1973.

P2

"But the conclusions of this report are absolutely clear. There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong."
British Prime Minister David Cameron, 15th June 2010.

P3

"It is in the hearts and minds of the people of Northern Ireland, and not just in the aims of Government or the words of Acts of Parliament, that the capacity for working and living together must flourish. For the ultimate truth is that the people of Northern Ireland need each other, and that to squander their great talents in bitter conflict is to diminish the prospects of them all. It is the profound wish and hope of the United Kingdom Government that this fundamental truth will be recognised."
William Whitelaw, The Future of Northern Ireland, 1973.

P4

"I say to the Dublin government, Mr Faulkner says ‘hands across the border to Dublin’. I say, if they don’t behave themselves in the South, it will be shots across the border!"
Ian Paisley responding to Brian Faulkner signing the Sunningdale Agreement, 1974.