Bloody Sunday report heals 'wounds of injustice': Ireland
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Tuesday the report on the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings healed the "gaping wounds of injustice" left behind by the terrible events.
"The truth has been set free," Cowen said, adding: "Fourteen innocent people died on the streets in Derry" -- the 13 killed by British troops in Northern Ireland's second city Londonderry, plus one who died five months later.
The Irish premier said there were "very few events in the history of a nation that are universally recognised and remembered -- that are known for all time only by a name, a place or a date.
"Bloody Sunday is such an event in the history of Ireland," Cowen said.
"It was an immense tragedy...it was also a turning point in the Troubles in Northern Ireland, which led to a huge upsurge in support for violence."
The Bloody Sunday shootings led to political convulsions in the Republic where a national day of mourning was observed and many businesses closed as special services and masses were held in honour of the dead.
Thousands also attended protests throughout the country.
In Dublin the British embassy in Merrion Square was burned down and 71 people were injured in police baton charges when tens of thousands marched on the building.
© 2010 AFP