“surprised and disappointed..”

The NIO have released a statement on behalf of Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, in response to the announcement by the chairman of the Saville Inquiry that the inquiry’s final report will not be completed until autumn next year.

The completion of the report is a matter for the independent inquiry but the NIO will be taking up their offer to discuss the implications of this announcement as a matter of urgency.

Of course, according to Jonathan Powell, some would have been content with an apology instead..

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  • Terry

    Hmmm, not sure an opaque apology would content me if my relative were murdered by the state.

  • Dewi

    Thanks Pete – this is a total absolute scandal. The Inquiry has taken longer than World War 2……just think about that for a minute – and weep.

  • Harry Flashman

    Holy shit, next Autumn? What’s the delay?

    Here’s the result of the enquiry and you can send me the 400 million quid:

    “On January 30th 1972 during an arrest operation against rioters in William Street and Rossville Street several members of a platoon of the Parachute Regiment opened fire indiscriminately at civilians in the area, some of whom may have been involved in the earlier rioting. However there was no justification for the shooting and this breakdown of discipline resulted in the deaths of thirteen unarmed civilians. The Derry coroner described the event as unadulterated murder, we see little reason to disagree with his analysis.

    It is for the government in consultation with others to decide whether it is appropriate given the nature of the peace settlement achieved in 1998 to press criminal charges.”

    There, did that take too long?

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Fine by me Harry – release your statement… Total waste of cash – absolutely shocking. Hopefully it will bring some comfort to the families but I’d be sceptical.

  • Glencoppagagh

    I was thinking that this must be deeply frustrating for the relatives and their legal-aid junkies waiting to get their compo claims in and then I remembered that it was only ever about truth and justice.
    Is Saville getting paid by the day?

  • This is just pure politics to run up incredible costs and distress so that no other serious ones will be carried out, like one on the assassinations of Senators Billy Fox and Paddy Wilson, why the three RUC police officers were sacrificed in the Kinnego roundabout bombing in the fall of 1982 when the notorious shoot-to-kill murders occurred, the most important inquiry that Judge Cory recommended – one on the assassination of solicitor, Pat Finucane – etc., ad nauseam.

    The UK is just a rogue state.

  • William

    Always nice to see Drawbridge H. Ford sticking his conspiracy oar into Northern Ireland affairs…

    When one reads the convuluted tomes of intelligence bumph that he reguritates into cyberspace, he views on NI become less relevant….as he never investigatas or condemns the activities of Sinn Fein / IRA current members or past members such as Finucane.

  • ulsterfan

    When the inquiry findings are published I hope some good journalist starts to follow the money trail to find out who gets what, and for what services rendered.
    with so much money slopping about the system, and human nature being what it is, there may be a few scandals lying in wait.
    I think the inquiry could very easily be weakened more than it is already by the withholding of vital evidence.

  • Would it surprise you to find legal eagles ‘sponsoring’ ‘rights’ organisations that continually call for public inquiries – that just happen to feather the eagles’ nests?

  • ulsterfan

    If you were in a fox hole with Saddam Hussein a deadly cobra and a lawyer and you only had two bullets what would you do.
    Answer—-shoot the lawyer twice just in case.
    If however a Wall street Banker was also present you really would have a dilemma.

  • Glencoppagagh

    Nevin
    “Would it surprise you to find legal eagles ‘sponsoring’ ‘rights’ organisations that continually call for public inquiries – that just happen to feather the eagles’ nests?”

    I’ve always suspected that lawyers were financing them. Have you found evidence of it?

  • Glencoppagagh

    Nevin
    “Would it surprise you to find legal eagles ‘sponsoring’ ‘rights’ organisations that continually call for public inquiries – that just happen to feather the eagles’ nests?”

    I’ve always suspected that lawyers were financing them. Have you found evidence of it?

  • Glencoppagh, I’ve noted one well known organisation that receives funding from a legal office in London and you might spot a connection between that office and one of our inquiries here. Obviously I can’t say any more that that ….

  • Glencoppagagh

    Where are all the mopers?

  • Lenny

    William, I didn’t know that Finucane was in the IRA. Can you confirm this for certain? Are you trying to justify his murder?