Best-selling author to appear at Ti Chulainn in Mullaghbane
The author of “Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland” and one of its key researchers will tell the story of how the best-selling book was researched and written at an ‘open-house’ evening meeting at Ti Chullainn on Monday evening.
Anne Cadwallader, the book’s author, and Paul O’Connor, project manager at the Pat Finucane Centre, will describe how they discovered the critical facts revealed in the book and present original copies of the key documents uncovered at the British National Archives in London.
The book outlines over 120 murders carried out in Counties Armagh, Louth, Tyrone, Dublin and Down between 1972 and 1976 and names the 20-plus members of the RUC and UDR involved in systemic collusion in the killings.
It provides hitherto secret information about ballistic, forensic and intelligence links between the UVF murders uncovered in RUC files by the Historical Enquiries Team.
The book sold out before it was launched and has had three print runs since the end of October. A fourth print-run is due next year. Sold out in many shops, Cadwallader and O’Connor will have copies of the book with them for sale and for signing by the author.
The outcome of over 14 years research by The Pat Finucane Centre, the conclusions reached in “Lethal Allies” have already been raised in the Dail and at Westminster.
The message will be taken to the United States in the New Year but, because of the particular local interest in the events it chronicles, people in south Armagh are being invited to a special briefing.
The documentary evidence from official British government archives shows London was aware of collusion as far back as 1972 and encouraged UDA members to join the UDR where they were armed and trained to kill.
Cadwallader and O’Connor will also give evidence of the devastating human cost of collusion as families were bereaved with impunity by those paid to uphold the law. Many families were left poverty-stricken by their loss. Others were never informed that those responsible for the deaths of their loved-ones were members of either the RUC or British Army.
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