OTR reaction: Revelations don’t undermine Bloody Sunday case, says relative

The civil rights march on Bloody Sunday.
The civil rights march on Bloody Sunday.

The brother of a Bloody Sunday victim yesterday said he “understood how victims of IRA murders must be feeling”.

John Kelly was 23 when his 17-year-old brother Michael was shot dead along with 12 others when the parachute regiment opened fire on a civil rights march.

Mr Kelly said he “did not believe” the on the run revelations “could undermine the case for Bloody Sunday victims”.

“Ours is an up-and-running case and I do not think this will affect us in any way whatsoever,” he said.

When asked if he believed news that letters had been sent to IRA members offering them a secret amnesty-deal was fair to victims, Mr Kelly said: “I don’t know. I am not a politician.

“We don’t get into the politics of anything like that and only concentrate on the one issue – Bloody Sunday. But it was a shock to me when I heard it.”

Mr Kelly, the Education and Outreach Officer at the Bogside Museum, added: “We are all human beings. But in reality it is down to the politicians to sort this one out and not the individuals on the street.

“But I can fully understand how people are feeling. If the soldier who murdered my brother got an amnesty I would not be happy at all, knowing what happened to my brother.

“No way would I ever agree that the soldiers would be given an amnesty so I can understand where others are coming from.

“They talk about the past and the past has to be dealt with to the agreement of everyone.”