Ní Chuilín welcomes Attorney General's call for New Lodge 6 investigation
Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuiilín has welcomed the decision by Attorney General John Larkin to call on the police to investigate the murders of six unarmed men in the New Lodge area of North Belfast in 1973.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“The families of the six unarmed men shot dead by British soldiers in the New Lodge on the 3rd and 4th February 1973 have campaigned for decades for justice.
“The Attorney General has ruled that the men’s killings were not properly investigated in the aftermath of the massacre.
“I want to commend the families for remaining steadfast in their determination to get to the truth of what happened that awful night when British soldiers gunned down their loved ones in co-ordinated attacks.
“In the absence of a proper police investigation the families organised a community inquiry into the deaths of the New Lodge Six with international lawyers and human rights activists coming together to investigate the circumstances of the killings.
“The community inquiry found that none of the deceased or the wounded were armed at the time of their shooting or acted in a manner which presented a threat.
“The police investigation which has been called for by the Attorney General has the opportunity to bring truth and justice to the families of these men and it is my hope they will finally get truth and justice.”