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O’Neill pays tribute to Ballymurphy families – ‘money should be released to Lord Chief Justice’

19 November, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has paid tribute to the “dignity and the determination the Ballymurphy families have shown over many decades of struggling for truth and justice”.

She was speaking after meeting Ballymurphy relatives along with party President Mary-Lou McDonald today at Laganside Courts where the inquest into the 1971 massacre is being heard. 

Michelle O’Neill said: “It is important for us to be here today to show our ongoing support and solidarity for the Ballymurphy families who have campaigned and fought for almost 47 years just to get to this point.

“We have met some of the families today and want to pay tribute to the dignity and the determination they have shown over many decades of struggling for truth and justice.

“The right to a proper inquest should not be something that families have to fight for.

“It should not be something that is denied to any grieving family for a single day – let alone almost 50 years.

“But families are still being denied that right. The inquest plan put forward by the Lord Chief Justice was blocked by the then First Minister Arlene Foster, in a move later found to be unlawful by the High Court.

“That judgement was clear that there is an obligation on the state to redress this intolerable situation.

“We have again written to the British Secretary of State making it clear that this situation is unacceptable. 

“A business case for the LCJ Legacy plan was submitted to the NIO two months ago and it is long past time that Karen Bradley approved this, and ended the stalling because justice delayed is justice denied.” 

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