Tony Staughton

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Northern Ireland Information organisations in January 1972

Tony Staughton, a civil servant, was the head of the Army Public Relations (PR) Branch at Headquarters Northern Ireland (HQNI) in January 1972.[1]

His deputy was Colonel Tony Yarnold. Other members of the Army Public Relations Branch included Colin Wallace, and the PR officer for 8th Infantry Brigade, known to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry as INQ 2146.[2]

Staughton was not on duty on Bloody Sunday because he was in poor health and worked office hours only. [3]

Colonel Tugwell and the Information Policy Unit, rather than the Army PR Branch, presented the Army’s account of Bloody Sunday after the event. According to Hugh Mooney, this was not a deliberate ploy. Staughton, was not on duty and was not present. Colonel Tugwell, on the other hand, was present on the ground during the event.[4]

Notes

  1. Report of the The Bloody Sunday Inquiry - Volume IX - Chapter 178, Bloody Sunday, 15 June 2010.
  2. Report of the The Bloody Sunday Inquiry - Volume IX - Chapter 178, Bloody Sunday, 15 June 2010.
  3. Report of the The Bloody Sunday Inquiry - Volume IX - Chapter 178, Bloody Sunday, 15 June 2010.
  4. Report of the The Bloody Sunday Inquiry - Volume IX - Chapter 178, Bloody Sunday, 15 June 2010.