One recurring theme of this collection by Irish author, Ciarán MacAirt, is that war is a dirty business and we are diminished by the death of each and every victim.
Another is that behind the horror, behind the terror, are human love stories but those who are left behind are starved of truth. Information is today’s battlefield and families are yet again on the frontline.
But hope shines at every turn for we can make history if we follow the paper trail. Family memories only stretch back so far and the British state is a history thief but the truth is there to be discovered in dusty archives if you roll your sleeves up and dig.
Ciarán MacAirt is an award-winning writer and human rights activist. He is author of the critically acclaimed book, The McGurk’s Bar Bombing. These essays and articles represent a personal journey and find him trudging from the killing fields of World War 1 to the back-streets of Belfast where death-squads roamed.
These podcasts are produced for the charity, Paper Trail, and a project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and Victims and Survivors Service.
Time for Truth National Day of Action
The families of the Time for Truth Campaign mobilized for a National Day of Action against Britain's amnesty proposals.
Podcast 8: Gerry Fitt – Snake in the Grass?
In this Paper Trail Pro Podcast, Ciarán MacAirt discovers some of Westminster's dirty secrets and asks was Gerry Fitt a Snake in the Grass?
The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script
The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script is our latest publication. The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script features new evidence discovered by Paper Trail manager Ciaran MacAirt whose grandparents were two of the many victims of the atrocity. It is FREE to download. Post-Script features new evidence either missed or buried by historical investigations of the Office of … The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Post-Script Read More »
Secret British MoD Files Record MRF’s Failure to Protect Freds
Archive Release: Secret British Ministry of Defence files records the failure of the Military Reaction Force to protect its Freds. Secret British Ministry of Defence (MoD) files discovered by the charity, Paper Trail, document the British state’s failure to protect its own soldiers and agents (or “Freds”) in its covert, extra-legal military unit, the Military … Secret British MoD Files Record MRF’s Failure to Protect Freds Read More »
Police Failure to Investigate MRF Shootings
Paper Trail published proof from secret British archives that the MRF was guilty of a catalogue of murders and attempted murders of civilians in Belfast 1972. The report followed the failure of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) Legacy Investigation Branch (LIB) to arrest or convict British Army soldiers in the killer gang, the … Police Failure To Investigate MRF Shootings Read More »
Jean Smyth-Campbell Murder: Independent Investigation Ordered
The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has ordered an independent investigation into the murder of Jean Smyth-Campbell. Jean Smyth-Campbell was a single mother who was shot dead in an unprovoked attack in June 1972. The Royal Ulster Constabulary told her family that she was murdered by the local members of the … Jean Smyth-Campbell Murder: Independent Investigation Ordered Read More »