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”.

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