I am often criticised for demanding that IRA (and UDA, UVF and other such groups) terrorists be held accountable for their crimes. My view is terribly unfashionable in the salons where the peace processors gather but maybe they have a reason for not wanting to look back.
Terence Jones, married and a soldier with the 20th Medium Regiment Royal artillery was shot by the IRA following an explosion at Great James Street, Londonderry in 1972. Described as the 19th soldier to be killed in the city, he was the 1st to die following the end of a Provisional IRA ceasefire. He was hit in the back by sniper fire when a single round was fired from the top of Great James Street. At the inquest into Lance Bombardier Jones’s death, the coroner said: ‘this young man came her to do his duty. This is what Irish hospitality meant for him’. Lance-Bombardier Jones, who was serving with an army medical section, came from Wrexham.
Presidential election candidate Martin McGuinness has revealed that he left the IRA in 1974 – and confirmed he had said this under oath and without fear of prosecution to the Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday massacre.
Now, up until he allegedly “left” the IRA, McGuinness was a senior terrorist commander in Londonderry. In 1972.
Don’t look back lest you see something that you wish to avoid.
It’s not just his role during Bloody Sunday that merits investigation.