Bloody Sunday families 'consider legal options'

Thousands gathered in Derry to hear the findings of the Saville Report
Image caption Thousands gathered in Derry to hear the findings of the Saville Report

Solicitors representing some of the families and injured of Bloody Sunday have said they are "considering the legal options available".

On Tuesday, the Saville Report identified particular paratroopers as having killed particular people.

It also referred to witnesses providing evidence which was knowingly untrue.

Peter Madden said he has written to the Public Prosecution Service to say that representations will be made to it in relation to prosecutions.

"The position is that the families and wounded will read the report carefully before considering the legal options available to them," said Mr Madden, of Madden and Finucane Solicitors.

"This will take weeks. We will then meet and discuss the implications of the report's conclusions.

"We will want to make representations to the Public Prosecution Service on behalf of our clients in relation to prosecutions.

"There are other legal processes to consider. We will consider these. As in the past, families will attempt to approach the legal options as a unified group, supporting each other in thoughtful debate."

Thirteen people were shot dead on 30 January 1972 in Londonderry when British paratroopers opened fire on crowds at a civil rights demonstration.

Fourteen others were injured.

Madden and Finucane represent the families of Jackie Duddy, Michael Kelly, Hugh Gilmour, Kevin McElhinney, Michael McDaid, John Young, Willie McKinney, Gerry McKinney, Gerard Donaghy and John Johnston.

They also represent Damien Donaghy, Patsy McDaid, Joe Mahon Joe Friel, Peggy Deery, Alana Burke, Patsy O'Donnell, Danny McGowan and Patrick Campbell who were wounded on Bloody Sunday.