Families of Ballymurphy Massacre victims to meet Taoiseach

Relatives of 11 people shot dead by British Army in 1971 renew appeal for inquiry

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (right) with Carmel Quinn (left) whose brother Frank Quinn, who was shot dead in Ballymurphy, West Belfast in August 1971Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (right) with Carmel Quinn (left) whose brother Frank Quinn, who was shot dead in Ballymurphy, West Belfast in August 1971Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 09:31

Families of the 11 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy, west Belfast in 1971 are to meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today.

The incident, known as the “Ballymurphy Massacre”, saw 11 local people including a mother of eight and a parish priest shot dead by the British Parachute regiment in August, shortly before the same regiment was involved in Bloody Sunday in Derry.

The families have been calling for years for an independent inquiry into the killings, but this was ruled out by former Northern Secretary Owen Paterson in 2012.

They are now pressing for the appointment of an independent panel to examine all documentation relating to the incident, which would investigate the role of bodies such as the British government, British Army, the RUC, DPP and the Coroner’s Office.

The families will be accompanied to the meeting in Government buildings in Dublin today by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey, SDLP MLA Alex Attwood and Alliance Party MLA Trevor Lunn.

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