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Adams welcomes Taoiseach’s Agreement to Meet Ballymurphy families

23 March, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed this mornings commitment by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to meet with the Ballymurphy Massacre Families.

The Sinn Féin leader raised the issue this morning during Taoiseach’s Questions.

Mr. Adams pointed out that last week the relatives of the 11 civilians shot dead by the British Parachute Regiment in August 1971 in the Ballymurphy area gave evidence at a Congressional Hearing in Washington. This was a very welcome development.

He asked the Taoiseach to meet the families soon and to make arrangements through officials and Mr. Kenny agreed to do this.

Speaking after the debate the Sinn Fein leader said:

“In recent years the Ballymurphy families have been involved in a courageous campaign to secure an independent international investigation into the events that led to the death of their loved ones. 11 civilians, including a local priest and a mother of eight were shot dead over a 36 hour period by the British Parachute Regiment.

The families have also provided the north’s Attorney General with a full dossier seeking new inquests.

Regrettably their discussions with the British government have not been productive. Their last meeting with the British Secretary of State was very unsatisfactory.

The Ballymurphy families deserve the truth and I welcome the Taoiseach’s agreement this morning to meet with them.

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