Rubber bullet death inquest is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

Thomas Friel
Thomas Friel

Attorney General John Larkin has ordered a new inquest into the death of a man in Londonderry more than 40 years ago.

Thomas Friel, 21, was struck by a rubber bullet – fired by a British soldier – in the Creggan estate in 1973 and died four days later. He was said to have been returning from a night out.

The fresh inquest has been ordered after new documents were uncovered by the Pat Finucane Centre, who said the documents were “just the tip of the iceberg”.

A spokesperson for Mr Friel’s family said: “We have had years of lies...These documents show the British Government knew how dangerous rubber bullets were but were more concerned with the cover-up than the people being killed.”