WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement today after the long-awaited conclusion of an investigation, known as the Saville Inquiry, into the killings of 14 unarmed demonstrators by British troops in Northern Ireland in 1972.
"The conclusion of this investigation and Prime Minister’s Cameron’s apology to the families of the innocent civilians who were brutally murdered on Bloody Sunday is an important and overdue acknowledgment of injustice by the British government. While we will never forget that tragic day – and the violence and injustice that plagued Northern Ireland during this time - I remain hopeful that all parties can continue the march towards full and lasting peace in Northern Ireland."
The Saville Inquiry report, published today, marks the conclusion of a 12-year investigation into the events known as “Bloody Sunday.” On January 30, 1972, 14 unarmed men were killed by British soldiers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, while participating in a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march. Newly-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron issued an apology to the families of the victims today, calling the shootings “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”
Throughout his 36-year career in Congress, Dodd has worked closely with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and President Bill Clinton to help facilitate the Good Friday Peace Accords and bring lasting peace to Northern Ireland.
Senator Dodd originally encouraged American involvement by urging President Clinton to speak directly with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Dodd then accompanied President Clinton to Northern Ireland in 1995. Clinton was the first American president to visit Northern Ireland.