Saturday 25 February 2017

The interview that has come back to haunt a presidential candidate

It was a less-polished McGuinness who claimed innocents killed at the hands of IRA were 'too nosey', writes Jim Cusack

Martin McGuinness said civilians killed by IRA bombs in the North died "through their own fault, being too nosey" and ignoring warnings, during an interview with an American radio journalist in 1972 -- the worst year of the Troubles for deaths due in large part to civilian deaths in IRA atrocities.

McGuinness was asked by National Public Radio (NPR) journalist Neal Conan about the numbers of civilians being killed when he met and interviewed McGuinness at his home in the Bogside of Derry. In his introduction to his piece, while McGuinness was present, he described him as "Provisional IRA commander in Derry" to no objection from McGuinness.

In 1972, the IRA carried out a series of atrocities including the bombing of the village of Claudy in Co Derry in which a van bomb killed nine people including a nine-year-old girl, Kathryn Eakin.

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