Nature of event: Book Launch: Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland by Anne Cadwallader
When: Friday, 26 June, 2015 at 4 pm
Cost: Free entry.
Further information: British police and soldiers colluded in state terror with loyalist paramilitaries in the murders of more than 120 Irish nationalist/Catholic civilians during the conflict in Ireland in the 1970s. They then covered up their actions.
That is the unchallenged finding of 15 years of research by The Pat Finucane Centre and Justice for the Forgotten in Ireland, now chronicled in the acclaimed and bestselling book Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland.
Lethal Allies, published in October 2013, has sold more than 20,000 copies in Ireland and has been critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.
Using previously confidential police reports, British declassified documents and eye-witness accounts, the book establishes beyond any doubt that London colluded in the murders of more than 120 Catholic civilians in Ireland.
Drawing on incontrovertible evidence from police files, the book gives forensic, ballistic and eye-witness accounts establishing that serving officers in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and soldiers in the Ulster Defence Regiment colluded with banned loyalist paramilitary groups in dozens of shootings and bombings on both sides of the Irish border.
The book’s conclusions remain unchallenged, in detail or in principle, either legally or politically.
This tour comes at a point when the Irish peace process is in trouble. Reconciliation appears as far away as ever while divisions over the legacy of the conflict continue to dominate public and political discourse.
For families bereaved by British state collusion during the conflict in Ireland, the past can never be laid to rest without truth and acknowledgement. Far from being divisive, resolving the legacy of the past has the potential to heal wounds and promote reconciliation.
Anne now works for The Pat Finucane Centre but for 30 years covered the conflict as a journalist working for Reuters, the BBC, RTE, the Irish Press and the Christian Science Monitor (Boston). She has contributed to the New York Times and was the Northern Editor of the Irish Echo (NYC) for 12 years.
In March this year, Anne Cadwallader testified on collusion in the US Congress’s Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) on Capitol Hill, where she placed declassified British government documents and a copy of Lethal Allies on the Congressional record.
The author is visiting Australia to promote the book in June.
This speaking tour is jointly endorsed by the Pat Finucane Centre, Cairde Sinn Féin Australia, the Brehon Law Society, the Casement Group Melbourne/Belfast and the Irish National Association.
Anne will address public meetings in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide in addition to briefing Australian political representatives, trade unions, academics and human rights organisations.