Gerry Adams commends courage of Ballymurphy families
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has commended the courage and unflagging determination of the families of the eleven victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre in 1971 who today succeeded in having a full inquest hearing set for 11th September.
Gerry Adams said:
“In 1971, as part of the internment swoops by the British Army and RUC, the British Parachute Regiment was sent into Ballymurphy. In the 36 hours after the internment arrests began eleven civilians were killed in the Ballymurphy area. Among those shot dead was a local parish priest Fr. Hugh Mullan and Joan Connolly a mother of eight.
“The families have campaigned for 46 years for the truth about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones. I want to commend them for their unflagging determination.”
Note to Editor:
The innocent victims who lost their lives were: Fr Hugh Mullan, Francis Quinn, Daniel Teggart, Joan Connolly – a mother of eight - Joseph Murphy, Noel Phillips, Edward Doherty, John Laverty, Joseph Corr and John McKerr.
An eleventh man, local community worker Paddy McCarthy, died from a heart attack after a British Army patrol subjected him to a mock execution.
Eleven families lost loved ones and fifty seven children were bereaved.