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Others are not so fortunate. It is clear that witnesses, among them former IRA men, will remain reluctant to testify before Lord Saville as long as Martin McGuinness remains reluctant to admit the truth of his actions on Bloody Sunday. Despite his appeals for other IRA members to testify, only one, Raymond McCartney, has so far done so. Since McCartney has always claimed that he joined the IRA in response to what he witnessed on Bloody Sunday, and therefore can have no first-hand knowledge of their actions, his evidence as to IRA involvement or otherwise is of questionable value.
I was bewildered. It was an incredible development. ’ When he reached Westland Street, he met up with some other volunteers, who he dispatched in cars to the Creggan and Brandywell to establish if the army was embarked on a military initiative to take the Free Derry area. McGuinness then made his way, he claims, to a safe house 200 yards from the Bogside Inn, where he could rendezvous with other volunteers and take command. When he met with other volunteers, McGuinness concluded that the army was attempting to draw them into a fight.
I am very determined to testify and very soon people will be aware that that will happen. Of course it’s up to the tribunal when – but my discussions with them are at a very advanced stage. As far as I’m concerned the quicker it happens the better. Martin McGuinness, Derry News, 22 November 2001 This was what Martin McGuinness had to say when his local newspaper, the Derry News, asked him to comment on eyewitness accounts of his actions on Bloody Sunday recorded in the hardback version of this book, published in November 2001.
Martin McGuinness: From Guns To Government by Liam Clarke