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    Default Relatives angered by 1971 McGurk's Bar bomb report

    Fifteen people were killed in the loyalist bomb, which at the time was blamed wrongly on the IRA.

    BBC News - Relatives angered by 1971 McGurk's Bar bomb report

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    Given the IRA's previous behaviour of using catholic bars to prime bombs or prepare for attacks it's not surprising the RUC suspected it was an 'own goal' at first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by British Citizen View Post
    Given the IRA's previous behaviour of using catholic bars to prime bombs or prepare for attacks it's not surprising the RUC suspected it was an 'own goal' at first.
    It just lays bare the loyalist tactics. Also I think they were afraid they couldn't compete. We all know about the well known loyalist inferiority complex, when comparing themselves to the IRA.

    Just like when they blew up the water mains and blamed that on the IRA as well.

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    Its highly likely the perpetrators were acting under the direction of Agents of Her Majesty's Forces

    - off the record of course - as I'm sure you will understand...

    There would have been no need for such a campaign of lies to have been launched unless those spreading them were engaged in a cover up to begin with.

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    Little old, but good to reflect on during marching season.

    BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | UVF's catalogue of atrocities

    Just before 8pm on Saturday 4 December, a customer in the bar on Belfast's North Queen Street thought he could smell a stink bomb being let off. Many victims were buried under the wreckage of the pub

    It was in fact a UVF bomber lighting the fuse on a 50lb bomb.
    Seconds later it exploded almost completely destroying the pub, claiming 15 lives.
    It was the UVF's first major atrocity and to this day the biggest loss of life in Belfast in one incident during the Troubles.
    Among the dead were the wife and daughter of the bar's owner, Thomas McGurk.
    Philomena McGurk had been upstairs in the living quarters with 14-year-old Maria when the bomb went off.
    Official sources initially claimed that the IRA had been responsible for leaving the bomb, a myth which held sway for years after the attack.
    But in 1978, a UVF man received 15 life sentences after he was convicted of the bombing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    Its highly likely the perpetrators were acting under the direction of Agents of Her Majesty's Forces
    Why was a man jailed for the 15 murders then??

    ANOTHER MYTH QUASHED

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    Quote Originally Posted by British Citizen View Post
    Why was a man jailed for the 15 murders then??
    I thought that would be obvious. Because they eat their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Young Ned View Post
    I thought that would be obvious. Because they eat their own.
    Why would Loyalists agree to such a relationship?

    ANOTHER MYTH QUASHED

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    Quote Originally Posted by British Citizen View Post
    Why would Loyalists agree to such a relationship?

    ANOTHER MYTH QUASHED
    Because largely they were blinded by their paranoia, the same sort you're evidencing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelhenry View Post
    he give himself up after a few years, nothing to do with r.u.c, eh..police work.
    Quote Originally Posted by Young Ned View Post
    Because largely they were blinded by their paranoia, the same sort you're evidencing.
    Two idiots not making a lick of sense between them. Why would Loyalists do the dirty work of the security services only to get 25 years in jail???

    ANOTHER MYTH QUASHED

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