Saville: a job for historians, not lawyers

Kevin Toolis, believes the cost of the Saville Inquiry has lined the pockets of lawyers, but will do little to redress the hurt of relatives of the innocent victims killed that day.

“In 1998 revisiting that historical wrong, and truthfully rejudging the legal failures of the Widgery tribunal, seemed like a necessary step in the nascent Irish peace process. But six years later, after 16 million words have been spoken, 30 million words in documents, 921 witnesses and £155 million in lawyers’ fees, I am no longer sure”.

  • aquifer

    Big memorial parks, woods, or nature reserves could have been a good way of making space for the rememberance of victims. Obviously roads, executive homes, and out of town shopping malls are more important to us today. Also some might like to think that the suffering was confined to their people only. The last thing wanted here is a sense of openness, scale, and shared perspectives.

    In Health and Safety management a death has a cost, or if you like, there is a sum of money, which if spent on improving, say, road safety, will probably save a life. I hope that that fixed sum does not divide into £155 million too many times.