'Judge scathing of MOD delays on Ballymurphy Inquest' - Ó Donnghaile
Speaking after attending a preliminary hearing at Belfast High Court with the Ballymurphy Families today, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile said:
"The families of those murdered by the British Parachute Regiment in Ballymurphy in 1971 deserve access to truth and justice - they and their legal teams had hoped and were ready for the inquests into the murders of their loved ones to begin on Monday.
"Following today’s preliminary hearing at the High Court it became clear the inquest will not now begin next week.
"Justice Keegan was scathing in her criticisms of the British MOD’s delays stating she “couldn’t understand why information could not be provided sooner” and that the nature of the information coming from the MOD was “not acceptable”.
"It was clear from her contribution today that Justice Keegan intends to lay down a strict case management process in order to get the inquest underway.
"She proposed that a clear timeline for beginning the inquest start at a further meeting next Monday. This process must be open, decisive and adhered to.
"Sinn Féin will continue to support the Ballymurphy Families in their campaign for truth and justice.”