• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Bloody Sunday.

Extracts from this document...


Step 2 Bloody Sunday On the 30 January 1972, British soldiers shot dead, 13 unarmed civilians. The event took place after a civil rights march in the city of Londonderry. They were protesting against the use of internment against Catholics. The British army, who were in charge of policing the event, rather than risk a riot, let the march go ahead. However they erected barriers to stop the march travelling to it's intended destination of the town's guildhall, and contained the march to the Catholic Bogside area. The march went ahead peacefully until marchers began to gather around the barriers, angry at the re-routing. As the anger and tension grew, people started to attack the barriers and the soldiers stationed at them with sticks and stones. ...read more.


He says there would have been no deaths if there had not been an illegal march, which had created "a highly dangerous situation". However, Nationalists were not happy at the inconsistency's of the report. The investigation found no conclusive proof that the dead or wounded had been shot while handling a firearm, yet Lord Widgery concluded that the soldiers had been fired on first. Widgery admitted that the soldiers' firing "bordered on the reckless". Many eyewitnesses were not called and testimony was not taken from wounded survivors. The interpretation of forensic evidence was flawed. Widgery concluded from firearms residue found on swabs taken from the bodies of the deceased that they had been in close contact with firearms. ...read more.


The matter is too far gone for there to be any hope of reconciliation between the Nationalists and the British Government, in my opinion. However it may help the families of the deceased finally understand why their loved ones died. In 1997 the Irish Government handed a detailed dossier of evidence to the British detailing fresh information about the shootings - as well as a damning indictment of the Widgery report. The British could no longer ignore the cries. In 1998 PM of the UK Tony Blair announces that there will be a new independent, judiciary inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday. It is too be headed by Lord Saville, accompanied by two commonwealth judges. The inquiry is already into it's 5th year, with out an end in the distance, Nationalists are become more and more agitated at the delay in findings. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 essays

  1. Sunday January On 30, 1972, in an incident since known as Bloody Sunday, twenty-seven ...

    Members of the green jackets and the parachute regiment used barbed wire to close off the bench, which stopped the march. When they saw that the marchers were going around the wire they shot rubber bullets into the crowd. Many witnesses claimed that the paratroopers brutally beat a number of protesters.

  2. bloody sunday assignment 1

    On Thursday 14th August, the Prime James Chichester-Clark asked the British Prime Minister (Harold Wilson) to send British troops to Derry, as the RUC had failed to control the situation. He did not know that British troops were in fact on standby as they feared that the Catholics would be massacred.

  1. bloody sunday assignment 2

    It argues that no independent witness, who included "many high-profile anti-Republicans", accepted the Unionist interpretation, and they would "have been only too delighted to drive a wedge between both wings of the IRA and the Nationalist population they served if they had been offered the slightest excuse to do so".

  2. Which of these two sources would a historian studying 'Bloody Sunday' find the more ...

    upwards in the front of the picture as if they are pleading with someone the person viewing the picture can't see. Source D does not contain any information about why the people are there. It does not show that they want 'universal, secret and equal suffrage', a demand that is very clear in source C.

  1. How useful are sources A, B, C and D to someone trying to find ...

    element of unintentional bias within the article, this could be due to nationality or personal opinion. The source is entitled: " The Facts", and was published in England and Wales in 1985, therefore it is a secondary source. Its purpose is to teach and inform.

  2. What happened on Bloody Sunday?

    Internment not only provoked more violence but it galvanised support for the IRA and enabled republicans to raise money in the United States. It led to hundreds of street demonstrations one of which culminated in Bloody Sunday. The 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment The Paratroopers of this regiment were the people who killed and injured the innocent victims of Bloody Sunday.

  1. Report: Events of Bloody Sunday

    There was a serious build up in tension leading up to 1972. EVENTS OF BLOODY SUNDAY 'Bloody Sunday' refers to the events that took place in Derry on Sunday 30th of January 1972. NICRA had organised a peaceful march to take place through the city of Derry to protest against internment and civil rights for Catholics.

  2. The build up to Bloody Sunday, and why it happened.

    British troops then took up duties on the streets of west Belfast. During the next few years there were many more riots and protests within Northern Ireland. On the 8th of July 1971 during a riot in Derry two catholic men were shot dead by the British Army.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work