Coroner suspends Ballymurphy Massacre inquest

BALLYMURHY MASSACRE - TIME FOR THE TRUTH

THE SUSPENSION of the inquest into the killings of 11 people by British paratroopers in the nationalist Ballymurphy area of West Belfast in August 1971 has been criticised by the families of the victims and local Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey.

‘The Ballymurphy Massacre’ has been called ‘West Belfast’s Bloody Sunday’. Over 36 hours, between 9 and 11 August 1971, six months before Bloody Sunday in Derry, the Parachute Regiment shot dead 11 civilians in the West Belfast housing estate of Ballymurphy. Those who were killed included local priest Fr Hugh Mullan and a 45-year-old mother of 8 children, Joan Connolly.

Paul Maskey MP said that the Coroner’s decision is “obviously deeply upsetting” to the families who have been waiting more than 40 years to uncover the truth about the killing of their loved ones by the British Army.

“It is also disappointing that the inquests were suspended by the Coroner without any prior communication with the families,” and showed a lack of respect and sensitivity to the families, Paul Maksey said.

“The Attorney General’s decision to reopen the inquest was the only one feasible following the shambolic one 40 years ago which clearly covered up the true facts of the British Army’s actions on the night.”

He said Sinn Féin will continue to support the Ballymurphy families in their search for the truth.

“It is incumbent that the inquest is allowed to take place so that the facts around the massacre can be made known.”

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JULIA GILLARD…PRIME MINISTER: PRESSURE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE BALLYMURPHY MASSACRE BELFAST

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THE families of ten people shot dead by the British Army in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast in August 1971 have been told there will be no independent investigation into the killings because it is “not in the public interest”. 
The ten include a mother of eight and a priest. 
In the three days following the introduction of internment on 9 August 1971, the British Army’s Parachute Regiment went on a shooting rampage through the nationalist Ballymurphy estate in Belfast. Ten unarmed civilians were killed, many of them shot in the back. Another man died of a heart attack after a confrontation with troops during which soldiers placed an unloaded gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. 
Six months after the massacre, the same British Army regiment was responsible for the gunning down of 14 unarmed civil rights protesters in Derry, on 30 January 1972.
In both cases, the Paras claimed they returned fire after being fired at first. This was proven to be untrue for Bloody Sunday and has also been discredited by dozens of witnesses to the Ballymurphy Massacre. 
British Secretary of State for the North Owen Patterson says there will be no independent inquiry into the killings as it is “not in the public interest”. 
A spokesperson for the Ballymurphy Massacre families rejected the British minister’s view. 
“It is clearly in the public interest that the full facts relating to the circumstances of the deaths of our loved ones and the role of the British Parachute Regiment is fully established. 
“This is especially so given the recent findings of Lord Saville in relation to the events of Bloody Sunday and the disclosure in official British Government documents which reveal evidence of immunity for British soldiers involved in the murder of innocent civilians.” 
The families now want a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron has previously refused to meet them. 
The Ballymurphy families have also called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to back their campaign. 
West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan says the Ballymurphy families have been treated with the utmost disrespect by the British Government. 
“The fact that it was the same British Army regiment that carried out the Bloody Sunday killings adds weight to the need for a full, independent investigation.”

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PRESSURE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE BALLYMURPHY MASSACRE BELFAST

THE families of ten people shot dead by the British Army in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast in August 1971 have been told there will be no independent investigation into the killings because it is “not in the public interest”.
The ten include a mother of eight and a priest.
In the three days following the introduction of internment on 9 August 1971, the British Army’s Parachute Regiment went on a shooting rampage through the nationalist Ballymurphy estate in Belfast. Ten unarmed civilians were killed, many of them shot in the back. Another man died of a heart attack after a confrontation with troops during which soldiers placed an unloaded gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
Six months after the massacre, the same British Army regiment was responsible for the gunning down of 14 unarmed civil rights protesters in Derry, on 30 January 1972.
In both cases, the Paras claimed they returned fire after being fired at first. This was proven to be untrue for Bloody Sunday and has also been discredited by dozens of witnesses to the Ballymurphy Massacre.
British Secretary of State for the North Owen Paterson says there will be no independent inquiry into the killings as it is “not in the public interest”.
A spokesperson for the Ballymurphy Massacre families rejected the British minister’s view.
“It is clearly in the public interest that the full facts relating to the circumstances of the deaths of our loved ones and the role of the British Parachute Regiment is fully established.
“This is especially so given the recent findings of Lord Saville in relation to the events of Bloody Sunday and the disclosure in official British Government documents which reveal evidence of immunity for British soldiers involved in the murder of innocent civilians.”
The families now want a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron has previously refused to meet them.
The Ballymurphy families have also called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to back their campaign.
West Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan says the Ballymurphy families have been treated with the utmost disrespect by the British Government.
“The fact that it was the same British Army regiment that carried out the Bloody Sunday killings adds weight to the need for a full, independent investigation.”
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MURDERED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY BRITISH PARATROOPERS IN BALLYMURPHY WHILST TENDING A WOUNDED CIVILIAN !

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Shot in cold blood by British Paratroopers as he tended one of their other victims. There are agonising details that i wont go into here but this man should be made a Saint for the long drawn out pain he endured.
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PARAS PULL OUT OF BALLYMURPHY MASSACRE INQUIRY !

PSNI MURDER INVESTIGATION AFFECTS PROBE

MEMBERS of the Paratroop Regiment will not take part in any inquiry into the Ballymurphy Massacre. Their withdrawal comes after the PSNI launched a murder investigation into the deaths of 13 people in Derry on Bloody Sunday.

A senior ex-para has told Sunday Life  ” no-one ” from the regiment will now assist an inquiry into Ballymurphy. Everyone who was killed on Bloody Sunday was shot by a member of the Paratroop Regiment. A number of its members gave anonymous evidence at the Saville Inquiry which investigated the January 1972 shootings. But after the PSNI announced last week that it had launched a murder inquiry, ex-paratroopers now say they will not take part in any similar probe into the Ballymurphy Massacre.

The Ballymurphy Massacre occurred over a three-day period in West Belfast in August 1971. Eleven people, including a Catholic priest, were shot dead by paratroopers based at the old Henry Taggart barracks in West Belfast. Some of the soldiers involved were also present in Derry five months later on Bloody Sunday. Relatives of the Ballymurphy dead want a Saville-style inquiry into the deaths. But ex-paratroopers will not take part after the PSNI announced it was seeking prosecutions over Bloody Sunday. ” This decision will finish the Ballymurphy investigation for good,” an ex-senior para told Sunday Life. ” No-one will now assist them and to be honest, if asked, I would advise anyone not to touch it. They co-operated with Saville in good faith and now look.”

Up to 30 police officers are expected to be involved in the Bloody Sunday murder investigation which is expected to take at least four years. After it was announced during last week, an ex-para who was present in Ballymurphy during the shootings said : ” I received a letter from the Historical Enquiries Team ( HET ) and a covering letter from the MoD wanting me to meet them. ” It even says in the MoD letter, ” If they wish to take a witness statement from you, then you may have the help of a lawyer which the MoD can provide’. I was wary when I got those letters but with news of a murder inquiry into the blokes who went to Saville to help there is no chance of me having anything to do with it. ” I have discussed it with some of the lads and we are all of the same mind on it. I know one guy who did have a talk with them and he bitterly regrets it now, I told him he was mad.”

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