Ballymurphy families 'backed by Kenny'

Published Thursday, 30 January 2014
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The families of 10 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy in August 1971 said the Taoiseach Enda Kenny is backing their call for an inquiry.

Ballymurphy families 'backed by Kenny'
The Ballymurphy families have vowed to continue their campaign. (© Pacemaker)

It follows a meeting with the Irish leader in Dublin on Thursday afternoon.

The families, who want an independent investigation into the killings in west Belfast 40 years ago, said Mr Kenny gave a commitment that he would support their demands.

Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin, who was with them, said: "Today has been a good day for the Ballymurphy families and for the long campaign for justice for their loved ones.

There is now an onus on him and his government to lobby the British Government togive a similar commitment.

Paul Maskey, West Belfast MP

"They have been campaigning for 42 years for justice and today marks a significant development in that campaign. I welcome the Taoiseach's commitment to support the families' key demand for an independent panel of investigation."

Alex Attwood of the SDLP said: "I know that the Ballymurphy massacre families are deeply appreciative of the commitment of the Taoiseach and the Irish Government.

"It sends a message, loud and clear, that the past must now be dealt with comprehensively."

A Catholic priest and a mother-of-eight were among the 10 people shot by paratroopers in 1971, while an 11th person died of a heart attack suffered during the carnage.

The Army has claimed that its troops opened fire on the day in question after being shot at by republicans, as it acted to round up suspected paramilitaries after internment was introduced.

However, the families of those killed have always maintained their innocence.

Previous calls for an independent investigation have been refused by the Secretary of State.

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29 Comments
Johno in Belfast wrote (264 days ago):
Why cant people see its different when innocent people were killed by the army than been killed by terrorists. Of coarse their should by an enquiry these people were killed by the soldiers who were there to protect all sections of the community at the time. So wise up stop comparing terrorists with the army.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (264 days ago):
@ Linda. These people? Who are these people? These people are the families of the innocent civilians gunned down by the British army. Do you think this massacre was justified? You take a wee look in the mirror there Linda. You and the rest of the bigots. I can't even believe utv even posted that. The only reason would be to get a reaction. What kind of un educated comment was that to make Linda?
Joe in Down wrote (265 days ago):
@linda in NI. Your coming accross as a bigot these innocent people were shot by the security forces who were there to protect everybody catholics and protestents or thats what we thought. You cannot compare this with actions from terrorists from either side. Grow up.
AK in Ireland wrote (265 days ago):
Yeah but linda this isnt about republicans is it now? This was state murder! Hope they all get jailed.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (265 days ago):
@ jimmy in Belfast. Aye I don't know why they did post your comment, because it's nothing to do with the story. This is about Enda Kenny backing this enquiry. Why don't you do the ground work and take those enquiries you mentioned to the government then you can comment. These families have fought for years to get the truth. When innocent civilians are gunned down by the British Army. Do they not deserve justice???
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