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Adams describes Patterson decision on Ballymurphy Massacre as 'disgraceful'

20 June, 2012


Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD has described the rejection by the British Secretary of State Owen Patterson of an investigation into the Ballymurphy Massacre as “disgraceful” and he accused the Mr. Patterson of “significantly adding to the grief and trauma of the families of the 11 citizens who were killed by the British Parachute Regiment in August 1971.”

The Sinn Féin leader criticised the British Ministers claim that his decision is based on his belief that it is “not in the public interest” to establish an investigation.

Mr. Adams said:
“None of the 11 dead in Ballymurphy had any connection to any armed group. They were all innocent civilians. Their deaths were part of a planned policy by the British government to pacify the community using the British Parachute Regiment.

The inquests held into the Ballymurphy victims at that time were a fraud and part of the process of cover-up that accompanied British state killings in the north.

The families have no confidence in the HET or believe that the HET can achieve the truth they are seeking.
I have raised this issue on a number of occasions in the Dáil and the Taoiseach and Jan O'Sullivan TD the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs have acknowledged that an injustice was done to these families and have committed to “assist” and “support” the Ballymurphy Massacre families “in their search for justice”.

I would urge the Irish government and all of those in Irish America and Washington who have endorsed the families’ campaign for justice to redouble their efforts and to communicate to the British government their condemnation of the British secretary of State’s decision and their support for an independent investigation.

I support the families demand that the role of the British state and of its armed forces in the killing of their relatives warrants a full, thorough international investigation and an apology from the British government which recognises their innocence.

The decision by Mr. Patterson will cause great hurt for the families.”

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