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David McKittrick: At last, final piece of peace process jigsaw

David McKittrick

Published 15/06/2010 | 05:00

A memorial in the Bogside area of Derry to those killed on Bloody Sunday in 1972, where the victims' families will gather today before marching to the Guildhall in Derry city centre to receive the Saville report into the shootings
A memorial in the Bogside area of Derry to those killed on Bloody Sunday in 1972, where the victims' families will gather today before marching to the Guildhall in Derry city centre to receive the Saville report into the shootings

IN just 558 words 38 years ago, Britain's then Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery did more to damage the country's reputation in Ireland than almost any other single act during the history of the troubles.

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Today another British judge, Lord Saville, will take 5,000 pages and 10 volumes to undo that damage as his inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday is finally published.

Publication of the Saville report is in many ways one of the last pieces of the peace process jigsaw put together with the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

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