Malachi O’Doherty reckons unionists should quit complaining about Sinn Fein’s plans for a museum of the troubles on the site of the Maze prison and make sure that it tells more than just one side of the story. His suggestion: a gun and bomb attack on a Shankill Road bar back in 1975, which left five politically uninvolved Protestants dead:
Why not a display about Bik McFarlane, OC [officer commanding] of the prisoners at the time of the hunger strike, in which details of his attack on the Bayardo Bar are also included? Let’s hear how Bik opened fire on people fleeing the bombed wreckage. Why not? It’s part of the story. He wasn’t just beamed into the Maze for no reason at all.
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