[IWAR] IRELAND PM visits Bloody Sunday memorial

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    Irish prime minister visits Bloody Sunday memorial
          Copyright  1998 Nando.net
          Copyright  1998 The Associated Press
       LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (January 23, 1998 09:43 a.m. EST
       http://www.nando.net) -- Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern laid a wreath
       Friday at the memorial for "Bloody Sunday," the worst attack on Catholic
       civilians by British troops in Northern Ireland's history. He renewed
       demands for a new investigation.
       Ahern stood in silence before the gray concrete structure commemorating
       the 13 civil rights demonstrators killed by British paratroopers Jan.
       30, 1972.
       The deaths galvanized Catholic support for the outlawed Irish Republican
       Army like few other events in the Northern Ireland conflict.
       A British inquiry concluded that troops were justified in firing because
       the IRA fired at soldiers first, and some demonstrators may have been
       Catholics, IRA supporters and moderates dispute the claim because no
       soldiers were shot and no firearms were recovered by authorities.
       On Friday, Ahern called yet again for his British counterpart, Tony
       Blair, to reopen the investigation into the shootings.
       "All that I want to see is that the truth, the real facts of that
       particular day are made known," Ahern said.
       Blair has said he might apologize on behalf of the British government
       and call for a new investigation, but his decision has not been

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