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How the day unfolded

Crowd outside Guildhall in Derry

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry findings have been published, 12 years after the tribunal began work. Thirteen people were killed when Parachute Regiment soldiers opened fire during a civil rights march in Londonderry on 30 January, 1972.

1815 Reaction to Lord Saville's report will continue to come in over the hours and days ahead, and BBC News will be there to cover the unfolding story. Thank you for joining us throughout the day on this live text coverage. BBC News Bloody Sunday website

1810 The President of Ireland Mary McAleese, who is on a trip to China, said that it was a momentous day for the survivors and families of the victims. "I fervently hope that, by its publication, the Saville Report will provide them, at long last, with the consolation that the world now knows the awful truth about Bloody Sunday," she said.

Martin McGuinness
1805 Lord Saville's report found it was probable that Martin McGuinness had a sub-machine gun on Bloody Sunday. Mr McGuinness rejected this, saying the report had cleared everybody in the city. "He (Lord Saville) fully pointed the finger of blame for what happened directly at the British Parachute Regiment," he added.

1754 Benedict Brogan, the Daily Telegraph's deputy editor, writes: This is a bad day for the Army, but the Prime Minster concludes rightly that "without their work the peace process would not have happened". Benedict Brogan's blog

1740 BBC NI's Freya McClements reporting from Derry said: "The screens are coming down now in Guildhall Square, but there is an almost carnival atmosphere among those who are still there. There are tears, people are hugging, and families pose for photographs with everyone from Martin McGuinness to Channel 4's Jon Snow. People are almost unwilling to leave, keen to savour the atmosphere of victory for as long as possible, and others are unable to leave as a queue of reporters clamour to hear their thoughts on the Saville Report.

1736 Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said the Saville Inquiry was necessary because the "whitewash of Widgery" had "deeply compounded" the grief of the victims' families. The Taoiseach said the ultimate injustice was the "unjustified and unjustifiable killing of innocent civilians by those who claimed to be keeping the peace". "It was an act of murder that cried out for justice and truth - instead, justice and truth were then denied and cast aside," he added. Mr Cowen said a "shameful attempt to distort history" has now been set aside and the "truth has been set free."

1730 General Sir Mike Jackson, who was an adjutant of the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday says on the BBC News Channel that "the prime minister made a fulsome apology and I join him in so doing." However, he goes on to urge remembrance of the wider service of the Army in Northern Ireland over the following two decades. He continues: "Northern Ireland is a very different place from what it was 40 years ago, not least because of this sacrifice and I ask that Lord Saville's report is seen in that context".

1727 Kate Nash, whose brother, William Nash was killed, was particularly critical of General Sir Mike Jackson, a captain in the Paras on Bloody Sunday, who went on to become Chief of the General Staff. She says: "Thirty eight years ago, a story went around the world, concocted by General Mike Jackson. He said there was gunmen and bombers on our streets, and they were shot and killed. Today, that lie has been uncovered."

1725 One of the iconic images of Bloody Sunday was black and white footage of a priest waving a bloodstained white handkerchief while trying to take people to safety. Speaking today, Bishop Edward Daly says he told a BBC reporter on the day in January 1972 that the truth had not come out. "A shot was fired, and we had to take cover for a moment. I said on that occasion that these people had been murdered, and a lot of people did not believe that at that time. But I think hopefully everybody will believe it now. Hopefully we can put this to rest, put it into past - history - where it belongs," he said.

1720 Laurence Crossan, Brighton writes: I was living in Derry on that day and well remember the panic and fear when my two eldest sisters, who were on the march, arrived home in tears and distress. They were in no doubt that the army had opened fire on the marchers. One of my secondary school friends at the time, John Young, was among the victims. I regret the length of time taken to reach this conclusion. We must, however, learn from this and continue to move forward. Have Your Say

1719 BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport: "While the report may be cathartic for Derry, the possibility of future prosecutions could further polarise relations between nationalists and unionists, who claim the concentration on Bloody Sunday represents a selective approach to the past. As far as Westminster is concerned, Tony Blair's decision to appoint Lord Saville has been vindicated in as much as the inquiry served to bind republicans into what remained, 12 years ago, a fragile peace process. That said, David Cameron did not just provide an unequivocal apology today - he also sounded equally unequivocal in his pledge that there will never be such an open-ended and costly inquiry again."

Owen Paterson
1714 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson, says he was "struck by the clarity of the report". "The conclusions are very simple - there was no justification for these people to have been shot," he adds. He says that it is important to separate the process, including criticism of the cost and time, from the outcome, which he says is "a remarkable document". He says there will be a full-day debate on the consequences of the report in the House of Commons in the autumn. However, it is not for him as a politician to interfere with due judicial process, he says.

1710 Barbara Suzuki, Norwich, Norfolk writes: I had been active in the Civil Rights movement from 1968 in Northern Ireland, so was shocked at what happened that day. However, I was also aware of a small hard core of provocative hotheads in the movement, looking for confrontation and trouble. The British Forces were put into a very difficult position policing the rival factions. They probably made mistakes, but how many lives did they save through their cordons and searches and presence? Have Your Say

1703 Jean Hegarty, sister of Bloody Sunday victim Kevin McElhinney, tells the BBC News Channel that she is "elated". She says that she was "privileged" to be one of the relatives allowed into the Guildhall in Derry to see the report and describes the emotions inside as "a mixture of sadness and joy". She says that there may be evidence to take prosecutions and there might not be, "but that is a judgement for later." Her message for her brother is "at last Kevin, at long last".

1658 Tony Clarke, a former Parachute Regiment Captain who served after Bloody Sunday, tells the BBC News Channel that "members of 1 Parachute Regiment, deployed on Bloody Sunday, damaged the reputation of those who served with honour." He says that even at the time he felt the full truth had not emerged. He adds: "I think instinctively you feel that there is more to the story than - yeah, they all had weapons. I am glad that the truth is out and glad for the families who waited for so long".

1652 NI Justice Minister David Ford has described Lord Saville's report on Bloody Sunday as an opportunity to put truth on the record and has urged people to reflect on its contents. The minister received a copy of the report by the Bloody Sunday Inquiry this afternoon and said that he wants to study it carefully. Mr Ford said: "This is obviously an emotional day for those who have waited years for the publication of this detailed report by Lord Saville. The report is an opportunity to put truth on the record and I will study it carefully. It is important that we take time to consider its findings."

1648 From the BBC's Freya McClements: "Innocent" was the cry that reverberated around Guildhall Square. A relative of each of the victims - and a representative of the injured - read out the familiar names, and then shouted out the word they had been waiting 38 years for. Each name was accompanied by cheers and claps from the waiting crowd. As William Nash's sister said, "We always knew my brother was innocent; now the world knows." On behalf of the families, John Kelly thanked the watching crowd for their support today, and over the last 38 years. "It was the Guildhall Square we set out to march to all these years ago. We had a long walk getting there, but we never would have made it without you. Thank you Derry."

1642 Soldier F came in for particular criticism from the tribunal. The report found he shot Michael Kelly. "In our view Lance Cpl F did not fire in panic or fear without giving proper thought to whether he had identified a person posing a threat of causing death or serious injury. We are sure that instead he fired either in the belief that no-one at the barricade was posing a threat or causing death or serious injury or not caring whether or not anyone at the rubble barricade was posing such a threat."

1639 US state department spokesman Phillip Crowley says: "We recognise the deep and enduring pain of those who lost loved ones on Bloody Sunday and throughout Northern Ireland's conflict in all communities. We hope that the completion of the independent inquiry's work and publication of its report will contribute to Northern Ireland's ongoing transformation from a turbulent past to a peaceful future."

1635 Tony Doherty, son of Bloody Sunday victim Paddy Doherty, says: "When the state kills its citizens, it is in the interests of all that those responsible be held to account. It is not just Derry, or one section of the people, but democracy itself which needs to look out." He adds: "The British people need to know, the Irish people need to know, the world now knows."

1632 Stephen Pollard, a solicitor representing the soldiers' who appeared before the Saville Inquiry tells BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale that Lord Saville does not have justification for his findings and accuses him of cherry-picking the evidence. He says that Lord Saville's conclusions are not sustained by proper analysis of the evidence. "There is just as much evidence for the opposite conclusion," he says.

1630 Linda Boyd, Colchester writes: I grew up in Northern Ireland. This was probably the event that exacerbated "The Troubles" more than any other. I hope that this report will help in building a way forward for those who have suffered so much, and will not be hi-jacked by those who still prefer the gun to peace. Have Your Say

Mark Durkan
1625 Mark Durkan, SDLP MP for Foyle, is fighting back tears as he reads the names of the victims in the House of Commons and says that it is a day "of huge emotion" for his city. He says that the people of Derry did not just live through Bloody Sunday "but also lived with it".

Patrick Doherty
1623 Tony Doherty, whose father Paddy died when paratroopers opened fire, said the victims had been vindicated. He addressed the crowd who had gathered to hear Lord Saville's conclusions. "It can now be proclaimed to the world that the dead and the wounded of Bloody Sunday, civil rights marchers, one and all, were innocent," he said.

David Cameron
1622 Top lines from David Cameron's address to the Commons: Prime Minister says Saville Report leaves "no doubt" the Bloody Sunday military response was unjustified; he says report makes clear that "none" of Bloody Sunday casualties posed a threat'; he says family of Bloody Sunday dead "shouldn't have had to live" with the pain of loss; he apologises on behalf of the government for the Bloody Sunday deaths; he says the Saville Report finds the events of Bloody Sunday were not "premeditated".

1614 Deirdre Mullan, New York writes: At last justice is served and the sterling work of my brother Don Mullan, author of Eyewitness Bloody Sunday has spoken Truth to Power Have Your Say

General Sir Robert Ford
1606 The Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland, General Sir Robert Ford, is criticised in the Bloody Sunday report for deploying soldiers to arrest rioters: "In our view his decision to use 1 Para as the arrest force is open to criticism but he didn't know his decision would result in soldiers firing unjustifiably". The report says soldiers reacted by losing their self control and firing, forgetting or ignoring their instructions and training and failing to satisfy themselves that they had identified targets posing a threats as causing death or serious injury. "Our overall conclusion is that there was a serious and widespread loss of fire discipline among the soldiers of Support Company."

1602 Raw emotion from relatives of the victims, who are addressing the huge crowd in Derry's Guildhall Square.

1600 Anna Carey from Dublin tweets: Whoah, there's a Tory PM apologising for Bloody Sunday and admitting the army committed an atrocity. Never thought I'd see this. Anna Carey's tweets


Crowds cheered as families gave a thumbs up from the windows of Guildhall

1555 Mr Cameron said the inquiry found soldiers went into the Bogside as a result of an order from Parachute Regiment Colonel Derek Wilford which should not have been given and which was contrary to the orders that he had received from Brigadier Pat MacLellan, the soldier in charge of the Army's operation on Bloody Sunday.

1551 Opposition leader Harriet Harman told the Commons the inquiry was needed to address the wrongs of the Widgery tribunal. She paid tribute to the job of the security forces during the Troubles, saying "Nothing in today's report can diminish their service, they have been outstanding." She said setting up the Saville inquiry "played a necessary part in the peace process", adding "how the government handles this report is of great importance."

1548 There are emotional scenes among the crowd in Derry who are watching Mr Cameron's speech. Some relatives of those who died are speaking outside the Guildhall. A minute's silence is held.

1542 Mr Cameron says there will be no more open-ended and costly inquiries into the past. The Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday was the longest-running and costliest inquiry in British legal history.

Martin McGuinness
1540 Mr Cameron says the report says about Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness that he was present on the day and probably armed with a sub-machine gun but did not engage in any activity that caused the soldiers to open fire.

1538 None of the casualties was posing a threat or doing anything that would justify their shooting, David Cameron says. There is no point in trying to soften or equivocate what is in this report :the events of Bloody Sunday were not justified, he says. Mr Cameron adds: "What happened should never, ever have happened - some members of our armed forces acted wrongly. On behalf of our government and our country I am deeply sorry."

David Cameron
1534 David Cameron says the conclusions of this report "are absolutely clear". What happened on Bloody Sunday was "unjustifiable and wrong", he says. No warning was given to any civilians before soldiers opened fire. None of the soldiers fired in response to attacks by petrol bombers or stone-throwers. Some of those killed or injured were clearly fleeing or going to help those injured or dying.

1530 The summary of the report can be seen held up at a window. People holding banners bearing the faces of some of those who died can be seen below. The clock has struck 1530 on the Guildhall, and David Cameron stands up in the Commons. The crowd in Guildhall Square is watching his speech on big screens.

1528 A huge cheer is heard around Guildhall Square in Derry - relatives inside can be seen giving the thumbs-up sign to the huge crowd waiting outside.

1525 BBC News Channel chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg says there is pressure on David Cameron to get the tone of his statement right. She says that some people feel that he will use the word "sorry" while others think it is more likely that he will make an expression of "regret".

1524 If you're following our coverage here, refresh this page to watch BBC Northern Ireland's coverage ahead of the prime minister's speech, due to happen in less than 10 minutes' time.

1522 Alex Attwood of the nationalist SDLP tells the BBC News Channel that "hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, are standing with the people of Derry now, at their moment of truth, their moment of justice".

1510 BBC NI's Freya McClements said: "Earlier Ivan Cooper, former civil rights leader and Stormont MP, was wheeled into the Guildhall Square in a wheelchair, to cheers from the crowd. On the way to Guildhall Square, the marchers trampled on a recreation of the Widgery report, symbolising the rejection of that report, regarded by nationalists as a whitewash."

1506 Eddie in Belfast tweets: Barristers and legal professionals may come out of Saville with millions, hope the victims get much more than that, justice and truth. Eddie O'Gorman's tweets

1503 The marchers have reached Guildhall Square to the sound of applause. It is thought as many as 5,000 people took part. Much of the evidence was heard in the Guildhall, and the prime minister's speech will be broadcast live on big screens to the assembled crowd. Saville Inquiry Q&A

1458 Robin Percival of the Bloody Sunday Trust said: "This a very important day for Derry and for Ireland and I just hope that Saville lives up to expectations."

1458 People retracing the steps of the January 1972 civil rights march are carrying placards bearing the photographs of those who died. Thirteen people were shot dead when soldiers opened fire. Six of them were aged 17. Victims of Bloody Sunday

1455 On BBC Northern Ireland's coverage of the publication, which began on BBC One at 1450 BST, BBC NI reporter Conor MacAuley says the marchers currently going towards Guildhall Square are singing "We Shall Overcome", an anthem of the civil rights movement at the time.

1450 Ursula Clifford was a theatre nurse at the time of the Bloody Sunday march and treated many on the streets of Derry. When the shooting started, she went into her aunt's house which overlooked Roswell Street. Speaking on Radio Foyle she said: "All I could think about was the indignity of these people dying. I took blankets from my Aunt Bridie's bed, and took her with me as I thought soldiers would not shoot an old woman, and went towards two bodies and covered them with the blankets."

1440 The former Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy tells BBC Radio 4 that the government's duty following the report's publication is to "maintain the integrity of the peace process". He says that after listening to what the findings are, "the big picture of that peace process continuing has to be behind everybody's minds".

1435 From the BBC's Freya McClements: Thousands of people are gathering in the Bogside to march to the Guildhall Square for the publication of the Saville report. About 2,000 people are already massed in front of the Bloody Sunday memorial in Rossville Street, and still the people keep coming, old men, schoolchildren, politicians, family members, all walking with one purpose - towards the march. They stand and wait near the spot where many of the victims died, in the shadow of Free Derry Wall, beside the memorial that bears the names of the dead.

1432 About 1,000 people are gathered at Guildhall Square. More will join them at the end of a march from the Bloody Sunday memorial in the Bogside. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume, the former SDLP leader, are among the marchers. The report will be published after Prime Minister David Cameron finishes his speech to the Commons.

Louis Blom-Cooper
1421 Louis Blom-Cooper QC, who represented the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association at the Saville Inquiry, says that his feeling is that apart from one soldier, Lord Saville will be unable to apportion particular responsibility to any individual soldier. However, he stresses that this is purely speculation on his part.

1412 From BBC NI reporter Freya McClements: "A select number of journalists are about to get first sight of the Saville report into Bloody Sunday. Two journalists from each registered media organisation are making their way to the City Hotel for the hour long pre-read at 0230pm. They must surrender all electronic equipment, and will be locked in the building with a 60-page summary of the report for exactly one hour. It is a page a minute - and at half past three they must be ready to tell the world what is in the Saville report. The complete report runs to 5,000 pages.

1410 Kieran, Derry writes: In response to Mark from Enniskillen who questions if there will be inquiries into Omagh, Enniskillen and Warrenpoint; it is important to make the fundamental distinction that what happened on Bloody Sunday was carried out by forces of the state. The state cannot be seen to condone or cover up unlawful acts regardless of who the perpetrators may be. Have Your Say

1405 BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport says Bloody Sunday's significance in shaping the course of the conflict cannot be overstated. The actions immeasurably strengthened Irish republicans' arguments within their own community and provided the Provisional IRA with a flood of fresh recruits for its "long war". Bloody Sunday set in train the suspension of the Northern Ireland government in March 1972, which led to the decades of direct rule from London. Despite several experiments at devolution, that era has only now drawn to a close with the restoration of policing and justice powers to Stormont after a gap of nearly 40 years. Political legacy of Bloody Sunday

1400 From BBC NI reporter Freya McClements in Derry: "Over a thousand people have now gathered in Guildhall Square to await the publication of the Saville report in just under two hours time. In the last few minutes the remaining family members - restricted to parents, brothers and sisters of those killed - have gone into the Guildhall where they will be able to view the report. Some, like the Duddy family, posed for a photograph outside before entering, but most slipped in at the back of the building unknown to the waiting crowd."

1352 Although most of the Bloody Sunday Tribunal evidence was heard in Derry, the soldiers who were there on 30 January 1972 appeared in London amid security concerns. Soldiers who were on the ground at the time of the shootings gave evidence anonymously. They were not granted immunity from prosecution; only immunity from self-incrimination. Soldiers at the inquiry

1341 Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford, who earlier this year apologised for saying that the Bloody Sunday Inquiry was "pointless", says that "the wounds are still open after 38 years". Speaking on the World at One, he says that following this afternoon's publication, "it may not be easy to satisfy the different wishes of the different families".

1335 And more from BBC NI's Freya McClements reporting from Derry: "People are beginning to gather, but for the most part they are staying out of the sun, congregating in the shade of the walls which stand at the other end of the square facing the Guildhall. That section of the walls has been cordoned off for the media, and crews from BBC, ITN, Sky and even Al Jazeera are working at an almost frenetic pace, to meet their news deadlines, and prepare for the afternoon's events. It's an ideal vantage point. The TV crews can conduct their interviews with the Guildhall as their backdrop, and for the observer, it's an opportunity to appreciate the sheer immensity of the Guildhall in a way which is impossible on the ground."

1327 From BBC NI reporter Freya McClements: "Almost 40 years after Bloody Sunday, it is inevitable that many of those who were on the march are either elderly, or have died. Only one parent survives - Laurence McElhinney, the father of Kevin; Michael Bradley, who was one of the wounded, passed away only months ago, and many family members have expressed regret that he, and many others, are not here to see the report's publication. The former Bishop of Derry, Edward Daly, who comforted the dying Jackie Duddy, is now in ill-health, but nevertheless intends to be here in Guildhall Square this afternoon to witness the publication of the report.

Ivan Cooper
1322 Former civil rights leader and Stormont MP Ivan Cooper says that with hindsight, he would not have organised the march. "The reason for the march was to protest against the Special Powers Act, which gave the government the right to legislate for internment without trial. But looking back now I don't happen to believe any one life is worth any drop of blood so in retrospect now I believe that the march probably was a mistake," he says. At the time, Mr Cooper, a Protestant, was a Stormont MP and a member of civil rights group Derry Citizens Action Committee.

1317 Retired Colonel Mike Dewar: "We started badly and Bloody Sunday made the next 30 years worse."

1310 BBC Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, reporting from outside the Ministry of Defence in London, says that the main focus of the MoD is that whatever is in the Saville report, it does not tarnish the reputation of the military as a whole. Our correspondent adds that there is a concern within the MoD that the report's contents could not only to lead to prosecutions of individual soldiers but also legal action against the government.

1307 In the 1980s, U2's song Sunday Bloody Sunday made the Bogside familiar to a worldwide audience - and linked the deaths to a global call for peace. The events of 30 January 1972 have provided inspiration for artists who have interpreted the day in many diverse ways. Two 2002 films - Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday starring James Nesbitt, and Sunday, written by Jimmy McGovern - brought the events to cinema and TV. Telling the story of Bloody Sunday

1303 Retired Colonel Mike Dewar tells BBC Radio Ulster he thought a lot of the shots were deliberate, aimed shots, but adds that many of the "soldiers were also boys". "If you are frightened or confused, it is not always possible for officers to maintain control," he says.

1256 Eamon McCann, chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust, will shortly go into the Guildhall to see the report with family members. Before going in, he told BBC Radio Ulster that he was "confident that Lord Saville is going to find that all were unlawfully killed or wounded".

1255 The Saville Inquiry has lasted 12 years and cost £195m, making it the longest and most expensive public inquiry in UK history. About half the money spent on the inquiry has gone to lawyers. It opened in April 1998 in Derry and heard evidence from more than 900 people between 2000 and 2005. Opinion is split over whether it has been an essential examination of one of the most infamous events of the Northern Ireland Troubles or a pointless waste of money. Was Saville Inquiry value for money?

1250 Mark, Enniskillen writes: What about Omagh? What about Enniskillen? What about Warrenpoint? Are we going to have £200m 12 year inquiries into these? No we won't. Have Your Say

1249 The initial plan had been for the Guildhall Square in Derry to be cordoned off while final preparations took place, but it will now remain open. Thousands of people are expected to converge on the square to watch Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on big screens at 1530 BST.

1245 Former Derry priest and co-chair of the Consultative Group on the Past, Denis Bradley says it's a very emotional day. "The city is nervous but expecting this to be a good day."

Lord Saville
1243 Lord Saville has a number of key questions to answer: Were those killed and injured all unarmed and innocent civilians? Why and how did the Paratroop Regiment soldiers fire the fatal shots? What orders were given by their commanding officers? Did the soldiers shoot in response to IRA gunfire? Who fired the first shots? Was the government prepared to sanction a shoot-to-kill policy to reclaim "no-go" areas such as Derry's nationalist Bogside area? What questions will be answered?

1242 Author and journalist Kevin Toolis who has written extensively on Northern Ireland tells the BBC News Channel that the deaths on Bloody Sunday are "the most scrutinised in human history". He points out that the Nuremberg trials lasted a fraction of the time of the Saville Inquiry.

1234 The original government inquiry into the day's events was carried out by then Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery. The tribunal sat for just three weeks in February and March 1972, with the final report published on 18 April. Lord Widgery concluded that the soldiers had been fired on first, and there was "no reason to suppose" that the soldiers would have opened fire otherwise. The Widgery report was widely regarded as a whitewash, and relatives of the victims and nationalists campaigned for a new inquiry. Widgery labelled 'a whitewash'

1230 Security expert Colonel Mike Dewar tells BBC Radio Ulster it is inevitably going to be a difficult day for the Army. "I'm not excusing the overreaction by some members of the Parachute Regiment on that day, but we have to consider the context in which the actions occurred. For the rest of the time in Northern Ireland, by and large, the behaviour of the Army was good. Young 19-year-old soldiers undoubtedly got out of hand and gung-ho. No-one will deny that, but there has to be come sort of deeper understanding of the situation the military were in."

Martin McGuinness
1225 Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, who told the Saville Inquiry that he was a Provisional IRA commander on Bloody Sunday, has described today as a "big day for Derry, a big day for Ireland, a big day for the world, because the eyes of the world are looking at what is going to happen."

1210 Joe McKinney brother of William, who was shot dead at Glenfada Park, tells Radio Ulster he is shocked by the huge media interest today. He remembers his brother as a quiet man who loved music.

Civil rights banner
1205 On the day which would become known as Bloody Sunday, about 10,000 people gathered in the Creggan area of Derry to march to the Guildhall in the city for a rally organised by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association to protest at internment without trial. The Stormont government had banned such protests. Thirteen people were killed when soldiers from the Parachute Regiment opened fire on the march. Bloody Sunday - what happened?

1200 Downing Street said Prime Minister David Cameron - who was just five years old at the time of Bloody Sunday - regarded Lord Saville's report as "a very important statement". The prime minister's official spokesman said Mr Cameron and Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson had received copies of the report at 1530 on Monday - 24 hours before the official publication. "He (Mr Cameron) has obviously seen that and been briefed by officials," the spokesman said.

1155 Patrick Mercer, a Conservative MP who served with the Army in Northern Ireland, points out on the BBC News Channel that evidence of republicans firing shots on Bloody Sunday that was not heard during the Widgery Inquiry did emerge during the Saville Inquiry. However, he stresses that if soldiers were out of control on Bloody Sunday, then they will have to be held to account for that.

1150 Conservative blogger Iain Dale writes: We don't yet know what [the Saville Report] says, but all the speculation leads us to think that the soldiers involved will be accused of unlawful killing. There will be calls for them to be brought to justice, and understandably so. But what would that achieve? The only thing it would achieve is vengeance. Iain Dale's blog

1143 A few familiar faces can be spotted in the square, including Eamon McCann, who was on the original march in 1972 and Conal McFeely from the Bloody Sunday Trust. Among those who have arrived early to claim a place is Nicole Denby from Dublin. She moved to Derry eight years ago, and says she had to be in Guildhall Square today. She says: "I'm here to support the families. I feel a great injustice was done, and I hope they find some resolution today. I have a lot of friends here who are relatives of those who were affected, and it's always been part of their lives - they've never really been able to move on. They need this today so they can get some sort of closure and move on."

1140 From the BBC's Freya McClements: The 1,000-strong crowd that welcomed the relatives into Guildhall Square has now completely dispersed. A huge screen in front of the Guildhall will broadcast Prime Minister David Cameron's speech from Parliament at 1530. The square will be cordoned off at 1200 in preparation for the afternoon's events. Thousands of people are expected, although capacity in the square may be restricted to 2,000.

1127 Cheech, Cardiff writes: A tragedy without a doubt. But £190m? People are living in poverty, people are losing their jobs and an inquiry in the British tax payer's name is spends £190m. Have Your Say

Jackie Duddy
Gerry Duddy, whose 17-year-old brother, Jackie, was killed on Bloody Sunday, says: "I believe that if the British establishment are genuine about turning over a new leaf for the future, this is a greatest opportunity for them to come out, tell the truth and this would be a great start for people to believe that hopefully the future will be brighter for everyone."

1120 CM Fortune, Lincoln writes: I hope that the report will bring closure to all the people affected by the events of 1972. I come from Northern Ireland and I am aware that there have been wrongs on both sides. However, it is time to put the past behind us and to move forward in unity. Have Your Say

1116 From BBC reporter Freya McClements: "Some relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday made their way to the Guildhall in the city centre, where much of the inquiry hearings took place. One of those to get first sight of the report was Kay Duddy, whose brother Jackie Duddy was the first person to die. 'So many times we thought we were so close, and to think that soon we'll see it in black in white... I just hope I can get through the day,' she says. She reaches into her handbag. Inside is a handkerchief marked 'Fr Edward Daly' - the same white handkerchief that the priest used to try and staunch the blood from her dying brother's wounds. It now resides in Free Derry Museum, but today it will give Kay strength as - she hopes - she finds out what happened to her brother.

1105 Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of the publication of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry's report. Families of those killed and injured and the soldiers involved are currently studying Lord Saville's findings, which will be made public this afternoon.

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