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IrelandDocumentary links Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley to new Troubles-era bomb attacks

12:00  06 september  2019
12:00  06 september  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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A new documentary about the Troubles to air on BBC Northern Ireland from next week also links the late DUP founder Ian Paisley to a UVF bombing in 1969. Other footage unearthed by BBC Spotlight during the making of its ‘On the Troubles ’ series shows McGuinness handling bullets and guns in

Footage uncovered by the BBC's Spotlight programme shows the former Sinn Féin deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness in the presence of republicans assembling a car bomb used in an attack in the centre of Londonderry in 1972. The programme - Spotlight On The Troubles

Documentary links Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley to new Troubles-era bomb attacks © Albert Gonzalez RollingNews.ie Former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness R and First Minister Ian Paisley L

NEW FOOTAGE HAS emerged which shows the deceased Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness in the presence of a number of people assembling a car bomb in 1972.

A new documentary about the Troubles to air on BBC Northern Ireland from next week also links the late DUP founder Ian Paisley to a UVF bombing in 1969.

Other footage unearthed by BBC Spotlight during the making of its ‘On the Troubles’ series shows McGuinness handling bullets and guns in front of young children at the start of the decades-long conflict.

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The Secret Army documentary includes scenes which show Martin McGuinness with a car which was later used to bomb Derry and handling a gun. Documentary links Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley to new Troubles - era bomb attacks . Sep 6th 2019, 7:40 AM 32,190 Views 64 Comments.

The Secret Army documentary includes scenes which show Martin McGuinness with a car which was later used to bomb Derry and handling a gun. Documentary links Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley to new Troubles - era bomb attacks .

During the documentary, film footage shows McGuinness, a former IRA commander and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2007 until 2017, in the presence of people assembling a car bomb.

Documentary links Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley to new Troubles-era bomb attacks © Catalyst Images Irish Unionist Leader Rev. Ian Paisley speaking during the Orange Day festival. (Photo by Bill Pierce/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Documentary makers noted the car’s licence plate, and found that the vehicle was used in an attack on Shipquay Street in Derry in 1972. Nobody was killed during the incident, but the bomb caused extensive damage.

Meanwhile, a former senior army officer told documentary makers that Paisley – who helped restore the power-sharing executive to Stormont with Paisley in 2007 – “financed” a UVF bombing in Kilkeel in 1969.

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The attack targeted infrastructure, and was designed to destabilise the government of progressive Unionist Terence O’Neill, who granted concessions to the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association and sought to forge stronger links with the Irish government, led at the time by Sean Lemass.

Documentary links Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley to new Troubles-era bomb attacks © Catalyst Images BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 22: Bernie McGuinness, wife of the late Martin McGuinness is embraced by former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams as the unveiling of the official Assembly portrait of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness takes place inside the Great Hall at Stormont on March 22, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Martin McGuinness passed away one year ago after a brief illness, before he died he resigned as his position as Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, the province has beeen without a government since that time. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

David Hancock said that police had shown him “evidence” that Paisley “had supplied the money which financed the explosion” in Kilkeel.

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Also in the documentary is film of Martin McGuinness showing a gun to children. A soldier's claim that the Reverend Ian Paisley funded an Ulster Volunteer Force bomb on a reservoir at the height Rev Paisley , who died in 2014, consistently and strongly denied any link with any paramilitary group

New information about Martin McGuinness ’s role at that time is brought to light, and the episode concludes with the destruction of the Northern Ireland government, a moment when IRA members believed they were about to force the British Army out of Northern Ireland.

The editor of Spotlight, Jeremy Adams, told the BBC that the series, which contains new archive footage and interviews with around 100 people, uncovered “new findings” on the Troubles.

“The past has shaped our present and it’s vitally important that truths continue to be told,” he said.

The seven-part series will begin on BBC Northern Ireland at 8.30pm next Tuesday.

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