Originally Posted by _blaaz
How else was he/she going to try blame ivan cooper for the claudy bombing then?
Ivan Cooper had nothing to do with the Claudy bombing. The main suspect in the sectarian Claudy bombings was a Catholic priest, Fr. Chesney. He got away with it because of a secret agreement between the Catholic Cardinal William Conway and the then Northern Ireland Secretary Willie Whitelaw.
They felt that protecting the priest was the lesser of two evils.
As someone else said "During that turbulent period in 1972, many believed that Northern Ireland was on the brink of a sectarian civil war. Almost 500 people were killed that year.
If a priest had been arrested in connection with the Claudy bomb, it could have pushed community relations over the edge.
Loyalist paramilitaries may have used it as an excuse for more attacks on Catholics. The IRA would have retaliated and turmoil would have ensued."
Quote: "Extracts from the state documents in the report by the NI Police Ombudsman confirm that even traces of explosives found in his car were not enough to get him arrested.
Intelligence information not only linked him to the Claudy bombing in which nine people died, it also indicated that he was the "quarter master and director of operations of the south Derry Provisional IRA".
Nothing to do with Ivan Cooper.