Saturday 18 November 2017

Adams finds dead not gone away

Allegations of IRA membership are haunting the Sinn Fein leader's Dail election campaign, writes Jim Cusack

IIN the hierarchy of 3,300 deaths during the 30 years of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland, the 13 people at the top are the victims of the Parachute Regiment in Derry on 'Bloody Sunday' in January 1972.

The public inquiry into their deaths under Lord Saville sat for 12 years and cost £195m (€230m). It attracted worldwide attention and led to an apology read out in the House of Commons by the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The 12 people, seven women and five men, burned to death by two IRA blast incendiary bombs at the La Mon House hotel on the outskirts of east Belfast in February 1978, are among the forgotten dead of the violence in Northern Ireland. The IRA killed around 2,000 of the people who died in the Troubles.

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