Relatives for Justice Events at Féile an Phobail

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Ceasefire Massacre

St Mary’s University Falls Road

Thursday 31st July 3.30pm-5.30pm

Ceasefire Massacre is a documentary film of the 1994 UVF attack in Loughinisland that left six people dead and injured several others as they watched the Ireland V’s Italy World Cup game at O’Toole’s Heights Bar.

Funded and hosted by global sports network ESPN and directed by internationally acclaimed Oscar winning investigative journalist /film-maker Alex Gibney the film focuses on events leading up to the attack, the families’ search for truth, the awful web of collusion and deceit, and ultimately the key questions of why the UVF chose Loughinisland and of overall accountability.

The film also features interviews with key players in the Ireland team at the time.

The film will be followed by a discussion Q&A involving the families, Trevor Birney of Fine Point Films, also involved in the production, lawyer Niall Murphy and Mark Thompson of Relatives For Justice.

Event organised by Relatives For Justice, KRW Law & Fine Point Films


PJ McGrory Lecture 

No Justice No Peace

St Mary’s University Tuesday 5th August 7pm

Carole Duggan and Jude Lanchin will discuss the campaign for justice for Mark Duggan. Carole is the aunt of Mark Duggan, killed by police in Tottenham on 4th August 2011, an event which sparked riots across England. In January after an inquest verdict of “lawful killing” Carole said the family were going to fight for justice for Mark’s children and declared “No Justice, No Peace”. Jude is a criminal defence solicitor with Bindmans LLP. She has acted for defendants on charges arising from the 2011 riots and previously for suspects in the PC Blakelock investigation. Chair Mike Ritchie, Relatives For Justice.


Annual Plastic Bullets Vigil

Former Andersonstown Barracks Site Wednesday 6th August 6pm-7pm

This vigil is organised annually by Relatives for Justice and the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets. It remembers all of those killed and injured as a result of the use of plastic and rubber bullets. It also reminds all of those in authority that these lethal weapons of torture should never be used again. 



Dealing with the Past

Hugh Orde in Conversation with John Ware

Balmoral Hotel Thursday 7th August 3pm-5pm

The first PSNI Chief Constable and now President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Hugh Orde with leading investigative journalist John Ware in discussion on dealing with our past.

Truth recovery and dealing with our past have been up until now formally located within PSNI structures. Arguably, this has both compromised families’ search for truth and accountability and contaminated the development of an independent police service.

Relatives for Justice’s continuing endeavour to promote discussion on dealing with the past and truth recovery for families brings these two men together in conversation.

Opening Remarks by Clara Reilly, Chairperson of Relatives for Justice, with concluding remarks by Denis Bradley  co-chair of the Consultative Group on the Past


Relatives for Justice Painting Class Exhibition

St Mary’s College

Relatives for Justice members have articulated their talents through the medium of art resulting in some beautiful paintings. Many have suffered multiple traumas as a result of the conflict, however with resolve and determination they have come together to support each other at the art classes in RFJ. This has resulted in a form of healing therapy where stories of loss, pain and hurt can be shared and above all respected.


A New Lens

St Mary’s College

A Photographic Exhibition by women in Relatives for Justcie telling their story of conflict related trauma and their survival through new images and new definition. This is the beginning of a project which will involve women from across the North these women have been supported by RFJ’s Gender Project Worker Mary Kate Quinn and Photographer John Mallon to share a new narrative of their lives.


The Remembering Quilt

West Belfast Taxi Association Depot Castle Street 31st July-10th August

These ten quilts are each made up of 49 squares. Each square is made by the family of one of the victims of of our conflict.

Each square is made in that person’s memory and dedicated to the lives lost. With 490 squares dedicated to real lives lost by conflict this is a unique exhibition of the recovery of memory in a transitional society.

The latest quilt of 49 squares was launched in April 2014 by Cllr Mairtin O Muilleoir when he was Mayor of Belfast. He summed up the event when he said “Waves of grief and not one ounce of bitterness”. Equality, respect and beauty are the corners and seams that make up the process and the quilts themselves. This quilt which represents the worst experiences of our conflict is best summed up in the words of one of those who participated in the project, Mícheál Gallagher, whose sister Angela was killed by the IRA in 1971

“Our quilts hang in powerful, silent testimony

to the ones we’ve loved and lost,

celebrating their legacy, witnessing our identity”