The questions about the Carolan incident may not be resolved satisfactorily,even a death bed statment signed by Carolan himself would not be adequate for some people as proof.Some would say that as he was a republican sympathiser he was going to blame the British forces.To others the court of inquiry report would also be an "Urban myth" or "Whitewash" as no british intelligence officer was going to incriminate himself or a fellow officer.Jeune may be the only one who was wlling to divulge part of the truth
with his reference to an accidental shooting and a second shot,but then again he was not going to implicate himself or his colleauges in a murder, so maybe this was as far as he was willing to go.A post mortem report if available would bring a bit more clarity as it should reveal how many times Carolan was shot.
Problem with newspaper articles is that both the British and the Irish were putting out so much spin that it is difficult to separate truth from fiction. Hence the original documents like a statement by Carolan in the hospital are better. But not if it is a third party report like "Prof Carolan told an IRA reporter that the British put him against a wall and shot him
What type of original documents would suffice and what type of reporter and from what paper would you consider reliable?
Even today so much prejudice on both sides who believe that the other lot were devils incarnate, and their lot were as white as the driven snow. The truth, or their perception of it, gets a bit fuzzy
I agree, as someone whose ancestors included Republicans during the WOI,British Army members in WW1,WW2,NI,Blueshirts in the 30's(the worst insult is to be called a blueshirt
)and various other shades of the political spectrum,I like to think that I can evaluate thing in an impartial manner as I feel I dont have the political baggage that some others carry when they have both feet almost completely planted in one tradition.