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Murphy welcomes publication of HET findings into Majella O'Hare murder

12 August, 2010

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has welcomed the news that the Historical Enquiries Team has issued its preliminary findings into the murder of school girl Majella O’Hare in 1976 by members of a joint British army patrol of Royal Marine Commando and Parachute Regiment.

Mr Murphy said, “I hope that the provision of these initial findings brings some element of relief to the family of Majella O’Hare. The O’Hare family was devastated in 1976 by the actions of the Parachute Regiment and the fact that no one has been held to account has only added to their pain and suffering over the years.

“These findings from the Historical Enquiries Team support the fact that there was one person firing shots on the day Majella was killed. In my view this clearly vindicates what the family and people in South Armagh and beyond have been saying for many years – that the British Army murdered Majella O’Hare and that they subsequently covered up the facts of the case.”

The MP and MLA for the area continued “I hope that the full HET report is published without delay and I believe that this brings the O’Hare family one step closer to having their calls for an apology answered.” This sentiment was echoed by local Sinn Féin councillor Jimmy McCreesh who said; “The O’Hare family have suffered a terrible ordeal since Majella’s killing and I know that this week is particularly difficult for them as it marks the 34th anniversary of Majella’s murder.

Councillor McCreesh concluded by saying, “I am hopeful that the HET findings will bring comfort to Majella’s family and in particular her mother who endured a savage blow in 1976. I am mindful also at this time of Majella’s father who sadly passed away in 1992.”

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