Plastic Bullet victims commemorated
A mural at Gardenmore Road in Twinbrook was commissioned
by Sinn Féin in the area and was painted by muralist
Andrea Redmond. Local woman Eileen Kelly, whose daughter Carol
Ann was one of those commemorated, attended the unveiling.
Jim McCabe of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets
(UCAPB), whose wife Nora was shot dead with one of these weapons
McCabe, while stressing that his group would never advocate
the use of plastic bullets, criticised the RUC who in recent
weeks adopted a, ``softly, softly'', approach to loyalist
violence. ``There is a disparity of treatment by the RUC in their
dealings with the nationalist community. In the past when the
nationalist community have been involved in public protests,
thousands of plastic bullets have been fired, lives lost and
hundreds seriously injured.''
Francie Molloy pointed out that in 1981, 30,000 plastic
bullets were fired, 16,000 of which were fired in May alone. As
well as Carol Ann Kelly, 14-year-old Julie Livingstone from
Lenadoon was shot dead by crown forces as she went to the shops.
``No one has ever been charged in connection with these
killings,'' said Molloy.