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Ó Caoláin pledges Sinn Féin support for Ballymurphy Massacre Families' Campaign

30 April, 2008


Speaking after meeting family members of eleven people who were killed by the British Army Parachute Regiment in Ballymurphy, West Belfast in 1971, Sinn Féin Dáil Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD pledged his party's full support for the families' campaign for an independent investigative process to secure a statement of innocence of those killed and for an apology from the British Government and from the Parachute Regiment.

After meeting the families in Dublin today Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Eleven innocent civilians were killed by the British Army's infamous Parachute Regiment in Ballymurphy, West Belfast over a three day period in August 1971. The British Government's official account of the events over those three days labelled those killed as gunmen and gunwomen.

"The families of those killed have been campaigning for an independent investigative process to secure a statement of innocence of their relatives and for an apology for the massacre from the British Government and from the Parachute Regiment.

"Today the families brought their campaign to Dublin to seek the support of TD's and Senators from all parties and none. Sinn Féin fully supports this campaign and I will be raising it with the incoming Taoiseach Brian Cowen in the Dáil next week. I will be urging him to support this campaign also and to raise it with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in his first official meeting with him as Taoiseach.

"The issues of accountability, truth and justice are paramount for all those who were victims and survivors of the conflict. The British State must also recognize its role in that conflict and acknowledge the part they played." ENDS

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