Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has slammed the British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers after she rejected a call by families of the 11 people killed in the Ballymurphy Massacre of August 1971 for an independent review.
“Theresa Villiers’ decision has just piled insult on top of injury for the families of the victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre.
“The families have been campaigning for the truth about these killings
for over 40 years so this latest setback is a devastating blow to them.
“This decision is the outworking of Theresa Villiers’ recent deeply offensive remarks where she said that she would be moving the focus away from British state murders.
“She has now moved to a rejectionist unionist position on dealing with the issue of the past.
“The Ballymurphy families deserve the truth about the killings of their loved ones by the British Army and Theresa Villiers needs to realise that this issue will not be wished away.”
And Pat Sheehan said it is becoming increasingly clear that Theresa Villiers’ interventions are undermining the peace process.
“Ms Villiers has become a mouthpiece for unionist intransigence. Her interventions here so far have been as partisan as they have been insulting.
“The British government has failed to support the Haass proposals on dealing with the issues of flags, parades and the past.
“Ms Villiers and her colleagues at Westminster need to think again if we are to make progress on the issues like parades and the past which have the potential to destabilise the present and the future.”