The long awaited inquiry into events in 1972 when 14 people died in Northern Ireland after the British Army opened fire on a civil rights march is to be published later today.
The so called “Bloody Sunday” tribunal” was set up to re-examine the shootings which were the most controversial state killings in the province’s conflict.
The 5,000 page document has taken twelve years to compile at a cost of around 235 million euros.
It has been severely criticised for taking so long, coming nearly 40 years after the events, while it also has the potential to destabilise the current peace process.
But for the families of the victims it could provide an opportunity for further legal action as none of the soldiers involved was promised immunity from prosecution.
“Bloody Sunday” proved a recruiting agent for the Provisional IRA fighting to end British rule. Initially the troops were exonerated but later campaigners won the right for a further inquiry, hoping it would prove the deaths had been unlawful.