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Bloody Sunday

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LUKE POLLIN ASSIGNMENT 1 Reliability of the sources on Bloody Sunday. Introduction The events which occurred in Londonderry on 30th became known as '' Bloody Sunday'' was a tragic event for the Irish people in 1972. Fourteen innocent civilians were gunned down in this horrific attack that took place during The Troubles. Feelings of hatred between nationalists and unionists was only fuelled which still lasts today because of it. The Irish people demanded an explanation on why Bloody Sunday happened and were given the Widgery Inquiry not long after the event. The result of this inquiry did not satisfy the Irish people as it cleared the army of all charges and blamed the victims of Bloody Sunday for starting the troubles. Improvements in science and technology as well as the existence of new evidence about what happened on that day have led to a new inquiry being set up by Lord Saville. Source A There have been many interpretations about what had happened on that day of Sunday. ...read more.

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Source B Source B is another article taken from a newspaper. This time it is The Guardian, a pro-labour newspaper, so it may be more likely to favour the views of the Irish people. It was written by John Mullin, who is an Ireland correspondent. In my opinion this may suggest that his interpretation would be more accurate, as he has spent time in Ireland and may have more knowledge of what happened during the events on Bloody Sunday This article sympathises a lot with the victims of Bloody Sunday. The writer uses language to create an impression that the people killed were vulnerable victims of British paratroopers and places a large blame on the British Army. When he mentions 'dum-dum' bullets he makes us aware that the army were using unauthorised or illegal ammunition for their weapons during the day. He also mentions how worthless the evidence was during the Widgery Inquiry. He claims that there is no evidence to suggest that the victims were holding or even near any weapons that day, as no firearms or ammunition were found among the dead. ...read more.

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For a start he wasn't even there and the news report is in November 2000, almost 30 years after the event This source may be biased, not just because it wasn't a first-hand account and 30 years after the tragedy, but due to the fact that the location was in a bar, meaning it is more than likely that he and the soldiers were under the influence of alcohol at the time, so it it is a strong possibility that he maybe giving false accusations towards the British Army. There is also a false statement in the source, the man said they would be 'landing' and 'clearing the bog' with 'tanks', this is incorrect as paratroopers use planes, not tanks. Also the source gives the reader an opinion that the soldiers were not planning on causing trouble that day. This man was drinking in 'England' so therefore he maybe familiar with the soldiers, which makes it very misleading for the reader. All in all, this source contributes very little or useless information about Bloody Sunday leaving us with questions still unanswered. So evidence up to this point in time is very much inconclusive ...read more.

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