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    The Somerville brothers who were blown up trying to load a bomb onto the Miami Showband's bus were let off a bomb charge and protected by the Court a year previously.

    From the Smithwick's Tribunal thread -

    The article takes pains to emphasise that a gun used to shoot Breen had been used in the Kingsmill massacre as well as in a number of IRA attacks and says that this is proof that the IRA carried out the Kingsmill massacre.

    (This leaves aside the possibility of IRA infiltration or that the gun might have been passed into their hands deliberately.)

    Kingsmill was in 1976 and the Jonesborough ambush was in 1989.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Jonesborough_ambush
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    Steven Travers is taking about what happened on the Miriam O'Callaghan Show now.

    I'll post a link.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radiop...A03-08-2014%3A
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    Stephen Travers and Des McAlea joined Anton for a moving interview

    Steven Travers and Des McAlea – survivors of the Miami Showband Massacre in July 1975 – joined Anton for a moving interview, recalling that fateful journey home from a gig, and how Bono and U2 could help their fight for justice – 40 years on.


    http://www.todayfm.com/The-Miami-Sho...Justice-and-U2
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    http://www.todayfm.com/player/podcas...Justice_and_U2


    A British army officer with a "high class accent" was in charge of this British/UVF operation - the British put a 10 pound bomb on the band's bus, out of sight, while holding them outside the van and with their back to it. When the bomb went off prematurely, on the spot, the British/UVF did their best to shoot the whole band, with dum dum bullets. The intention was to set up the band as bombers.

    Two survived.

    Will we ever know if that was the only bomb the British planted ? (Apart from the Dublin and Monaghan bombs that is).

    "The main players were on protected lists - they were official lists - they were not to be touched,"

    "Those people who were meant to be protecting us had planned out murders."
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    Shocking, but not surprising. They really are the pits.
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    Sean O'Rourke is at the moment interviewing a survivor of the massacre who is unequivocal that a British officer (accent unmistakable) was involved in planting a bomb under the seat of the band bus, intended to go off later and make it appear that the band were deliberately carrying it. When it went off prematurely those band members who survived the bomb were riddled with dum dum bullets.

    Ten people (Protestant community members, workers) were killed ten days later in the "Kingsmill Massacre". There has been an unresolved argument as to whether or not a British Officer, possibly Nairac, was involved.

    It is not enough just to say that "this event happened and it was awful". Some kind of attempt must be made to understand why it happened and whether or not it was part of a pattern.
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    Just listening (on a documentary on RTE, made by Susan McKay), to the daughters and wife of one member of the Miami Show Band, Fran O'Toole, who have carried such a lot of loss and pain for the 40 years since his death. All normal family relations and life really ended for them.

    Fran O'Toole's mother is taking the British State to Court.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Just listening (on a documentary on RTE, made by Susan McKay), to the daughters and wife of one member of the Miami Show Band, Fran O'Toole, who have carried such a lot of loss and pain for the 40 years since his death. All normal family relations and life really ended for them.

    Fran O'Toole's mother is taking the British State to Court.
    Do you have a link to the docu?

    From the wikipedia article on the state terrorist murders:

    "The massacre dealt a blow to Northern Ireland's live music scene, which had brought young Catholics and Protestants together"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Showband_killings

    I suggest, a massacre which might have benefitted the political ambitions of a certain now deceased preacher.
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    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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