The British government and the Roman Catholic Church conspired to cover up the suspected involvement of a local priest in a deadly triple bombing in Northern Ireland in 1972 that killed nine people, a new investigation into the attack found Tuesday.
Despite strong evidence that Father James Chesney had a hand in the explosions that ripped through the village of Claudy in July 1972, police decided not to go after the priest but instead asked officials in London to work with church leaders in having him removed from the area. Chesney moved across the border and was later assigned to a parish in Ireland.
The decision to remove him quietly rather than pursue him legally may have sprung from the British ruling establishment's fears that the arrest of a clergyman could spark an all-out civil war between the province's Catholics and Protestants.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
A bombshell for the RC Church in Ireland
The LA Times: