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Parliamentary Papers, Proceedings and Departmental Papers : UK: The Troubles/Na Trioblóidí

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Bloody Sunday

 On the 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland,  26 unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army. Thirteen males, seven of whom were teenagers, died immediately or soon after, while the death of another man four-and-a-half months later was attributed to the injuries he received on that day. The incident occurred during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march; the soldiers involved were members of the First Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (1 Para)

There have been two investigations by the British Government, the Widgery Tribunal took place in April of the same year and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry (Saville report) chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate was established in 1998 and a 12 year inquiry followed, the report was made public on the 15 June 2010. The report found that all of those who were shot were unarmed and the killings were both 'unjustied and unjustifiable'. David Cameron addressed Parliament on the afternoon of the publication of the Inquiry where he apologied on behalf of the British Government .