Families protest at coroner's office

Published Wednesday, 21 November 2012
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Relatives of those who died in the Ballymurphy shootings in 1971 have said they were treated badly by the coroner, who has suspended inquests into a number of controversial deaths.

Families protest at coroner's office
Relatives of those who killed in Ballymurphy gathered at the coroner's office. (© Pacemaker)

A protest was held outside the office of Northern Ireland's Senior Coroner John Leckey on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday Briege Voyle, whose mother Joan Connolly was one of ten people shot dead by the British Army in the west Belfast estate, told UTV the families are angered at the suspension.

"We thing the way he has treated our families is really ridiculous, that we were never even informed," she explained.

"Up until today we've not received proper information to say that our inquests have been put on hold.

"I've a letter here from the Secretary of State encouraging us to put our faith in our inquests. So why has he decided to do this? We've come here today to speak to him to ask him why.

"Our loved ones were 11 innocent people, who were murdered 41 years ago. We are entitled to the truth," she added.

Last week Mr Leckey's decision to put at least 14 inquests on hold was met with a legal challenge on behalf of some of the victims' families.

In November Attorney General John Larkin had ordered fresh inquests into the deaths, but Mr Leckey said Mr Larkin may have exceeded his powers because matters of national security could be involved.

On Monday Mr Justice Treacy said the families had "comfortably surmounted" the test of establishing an arguable case and granted them leave to seek a judicial review of the adjournments.

© UTV News
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John in Belfast wrote (800 days ago):
Yes Norman.d let's just cover everything up and brush it under the carpet. That's the best way to respect human life & remember loved ones. We should stop trying people for murder in general, just let them all walk free as its the best way to remember our loved ones
Kirsty connolly in West belfast wrote (801 days ago):
norman.d in bangor wrote (801 days ago):
protests inquiries this country will never let go of the past it will not bring anyone back just let them rest in peace and remember your love ones
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