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29 Sept 2022

WATCH: Taoiseach attends Bloody Sunday Memorial Service

'Tragedy and trauma' inflicted on Derry - Minister Charlie McConalogue

The families of the 14 people murdered on Bloody Sunday in Derry, took part in a the 'Families' Walk of Remembrance' in the city this morning.

The walk, which traced the route of the original Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association rally against internment without trial on January 30, 1972, concluded with a Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday monument in the Bogside.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin was present at the service, along with Archbishop Eamon Martin, Sinn Féin leaders, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O'Neill, and SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood and local political representatives.

Minister Charlie McConalogue who was also in attendance said he was at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service to stand with the people of Derry in commemoration of the terrible tragedy and trauma that was inflicted on the city 50 years ago today.

He added: "I am glad to see the Taoiseach coming here as well to mark the occasion. It is a very sombre occasion. It is hard to believe it is 50 years. It is an atrocity which has marked the history of this city, indeed which has marked the history of Northern Ireland and of this island. 

"It is appropriate we remember all of those victims of that day today and that we don't let that fade from our memory. They are very much in our memory as we go forward to a new future for this island, which thankfully is a pathway we have been on over the last number of years. 

"I am glad to be joined by my Oireachtas colleagues and An Taoiseach here today and public representatives from across Northern Ireland most importantly people from the city in marking this 50th anniversary," concluded Minister McConalogue.

Bloody Sunday Memorial Service

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