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Spy in the Sacristy – Bruno Heim

Our Archive of the Week uncovers a Spy in the Sacristy during a critical period of the first Hunger Strike in 1980. Archive of the Week: Spy in the Sacristy – the Pope’s Apostolic Delegate, Bruno Heim, was Britain’s spy who divulged significant information at a crucial juncture of the first Hunger Strike in 1980 […]

McGurk's Bar Commander's Diary 5th December 1971

The History Thieves of McGurk’s Bar

Investigative journalist and author, Ian Cobain, has led the way in uncovering the lengths to which the British state will go to bury evidence of its human rights abuses and dirty secrets in books such as Cruel Britannia and The History Thieves. Most recently in the Guardian, he informed us that the British Government admits […]

Daniel McAreavey mural, Lower Falls

Shoot-To-Kill: Vol. Daniel McAreavey

British military archives discovered by the charity, Paper Trail, prove that IRA Volunteer, Daniel McAreavey, was killed in a planned ambush and not shot by an accidental British Army patrol. Vol. Daniel McAreavey was shot and killed by the British Army in disputed circumstances in the Lower Falls area on 6th October 1972 during an […]

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Kelly’s Bar Atrocity: Foreknowledge and Preventability

British Prime Minister Files prove that the British army expected the bomb car and could have prevented attack on Kelly’s Bar on 13th May 1972. Secret files – one signed by the British Prime Minister Edward Heath – prove that the British officer in charge of an observation post overlooking Kelly’s Bar was “warned to […]

The Anniversary of the Death of Bobby Sands

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands who was a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. He died after 66 days on hunger strike, protesting within the British prison system for status as a Republican prisoner of war and not a criminal. He had been elected as a Member of the British […]

The Killing of 11-Year-Old Francis Rowntree

There have been many disturbing facts at this week’s inquest into the killing of Francis Rowntree by a British soldier, and not only because he was an innocent 11-year-old child and his family are only getting this semblance of justice 44 years later. Francis was shot in the face/head with a rubber bullet fired from […]

The British Prime Minister and the New Lodge 6

Previously unpublished Prime Ministerial records relating to the New Lodge 6 killings were released on the anniversary of the atrocity by Paper Trail. We tracked the files over the last couple of years before releasing them to the New Lodge 6 families and their legal representatives. They prove that: The British Prime Minister was told […]

Jean Smyth-Campbell

Belated Police Investigation Into MRF Is Cynical Window-Dressing

News that the Police Service of Northern Ireland will finally investigate a clandestine unit of the British army that murdered civilians in the north of Ireland in the early 70s has been labelled as cynical window-dressing by the family of one of the victims.   Young mother, Jean Smyth-Campbell, was murdered in June 1972 and […]

Special Forces… and a Casual Cover-Up

A secret but seemingly innocuous British Ministry of Defence (MOD) file discussing a civil litigation case in 1975, not only confesses that a serious crime was carried out as part of Special Force duties, but also records how casual cover-up permeated the British system.   On April 12th 1974, three British soldiers, William James Simpson, […]

Gusty Spence and the Myth of the Orange Pimpernel

Secret archives show that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) helped create the myth of Gusty Spence, “The Orange Pimpernel”. The documents found at Kew National Archives by Paper Trail regard the RELEASE of Gusty Spence by RUC in October 1972 even though he was on the most wanted list after his first “escape” from prison custody […]

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