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'Coroner ruling a vindication' - Kelly

24 November, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed today’s Coroner Court ruling which found the British Army had no justification for shooting dead 25-year-old Joseph Parker at a Christmas dance in Ardoyne in 1971.

Speaking after today’s ruling at Belfast Coroners Court, the North Belfast MLA commented: “The Coroner ruled that Joseph Parker – a young father with an expectant wife – was a totally innocent man killed by the deliberate and reckless actions of the British Army.

“The ruling is a complete vindication for his family who have campaigned for so long to see this day.

“They should not have had to wait almost 50 years for the truth to come out. They, and many other families in a similar position are being re-traumatised by a British Government which is still blocking the implementation of agreed legacy mechanisms and withholding funds for legacy inquests.”

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