Families mark inquiry's end

The vigil marked the end of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry

Families of those who died on Bloody Sunday have held a candlelit vigil in Derry.

It came after the Bloody Sunday Inquiry finally ended after seven years and at a cost of about £150m.

The families said it would be money well spent if the truth emerges about the deaths of 14 civilians shot by soldiers during a civil rights march in Derry in January 1972.

The short vigil on Tuesday evening marked the end of the inquiry as well as their campaign which started after the first tribunal by Lord Widgery in 1972.

After hearing from more than 900 witnesses, Lord Saville and his two colleagues have retired to write their final report.

Bloody Sunday inquiry facts
Lord Saville held his first hearing at Derry's Guildhall in April 1998.
The inquiry began to hold public hearings in March 2000
The tribunal has now sat for 433 days.
It has heard evidence from 921 witnesses.
There have been 1,555 written statements from witnesses.
The final bill will be around £150m.
The final report is expected next summer.

Saville Inquiry judges retire

The families gathered in the Bogside near where the shootings happened nearly 33 years ago.

Kay Duddy, whose brother Jackie was killed at the Rossville Flats, said it was an emotional day.

"It's been an emotional rollercoaster all the way through," she said.

"Today being the final day of the actual hearings, I feel that even Lord Saville and Christopher Clarke (counsel to the inquiry) were emotional.

"It's in the lap of the gods now."

The Bloody Sunday inquiry was established in 1998 by Prime Minister Tony Blair after a campaign by families of those killed and injured.

Lord Saville of Newdigate and the Commonwealth judges accompanying him on the inquiry began hearing evidence in March 2000.

The inquiry has heard evidence from leading politicians, including the prime minister at the time, Sir Edward Heath, civilians, policemen, soldiers and IRA members.

Lord Saville's final report and conclusions are not expected to be made public until next summer.

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