IRA bombers and the church
Published 25/08/2010 | 05:00
MOST people will find it hard to understand how cooperation between the British government and the Catholic Church, which effectively shielded a priest alleged to have been involved in an IRA atrocity, could be seen as anything other than a cover-up.
Yet, in a joint statement yesterday, following the release of a police ombudsman's report into the 1972 atrocity, Cardinal Sean Brady and the Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty, denied emphatically that the church had been involved in any kind of cover-up in the "appalling crime".
The report repeats long standing allegations that the RUC in 1972 was aware Fr James Chesney was a member of an IRA gang that planted three bombs in Claudy, Co Derry. Nine people -- five Catholics and four Protestants -- died and many were horribly injured.