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Sinn Féin supports Ballymurphy families protest at Stormont - Maskey

27 February, 2012 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster


Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey MLA, today joined with the Ballymurphy families at Stormont and has called for a full inquiry into the killings.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“On the day the the British Secretary of State, Owen Patterson, visited Stormont the Ballymurphy families have quite rightly brought there case here in order to highlight their demands for an inquiry.

“The killing of 11 people in the Ballymurphy massacre of 1971 and the inquests that followed are both a lasting injustice which, following the findings  of the Saville inquiry into the events on Bloody Sunday, must receive similar attention.

“Following the findings of Saville the British Prime Minister David Cameron stated that the actions of the British Army on that day did not define their role in Ireland. If he would meet with the families of those shot down by British soldiers in Ballymurphy he would find out how wrong he is.

“This is something that he must do. To date he has not met with the families in their search for justice. The British government know what happened. David Cameron should meet with the families as a matter of urgency.” 

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