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Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Simon Coveney: I begin by joining with the Taoiseach and all of my colleagues in conveying our condolences to the Ballymurphy families for the terrible events that took their loved ones from them and in extending our sympathy and solidarity for the nearly 50 years that they have had to spend fighting to bring truth to those events. That is a lifetime of struggle. I was honoured to meet the families on...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Cormac Devlin: I welcome the opportunity to examine the report of the Ballymurphy inquest. I acknowledge the perseverance and dedication of the families of the victims in their long journey to establish the facts of what happened and to get justice. I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those victims killed between 9 and 11 August 1971. It is unacceptable that these families had...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Carol Nolan: On the morning of Monday, 9 August 1971, the security forces launched Operation Demetrius, the introduction of internment in the North. The deaths of ten innocent civilians occurred in the ensuing three days up to 11 August. Their friends and families have always known they were innocent, and now the world knows that they were indeed innocent. I welcome the verdict of the inquiry even...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I am delighted to have some time to speak on this matter this evening. Following the inquest into the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre, it is now being established beyond doubt that the victims that day, Fr. Hugh Mullan, Francis Quinn, Joan Connolly, Daniel Teggart, Noel Phillips, Joseph Murphy, Edward Doherty, Joseph Corr, John Laverty and John James McKerr, were innocent. Things went on in...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Thomas Pringle: On Tuesday, 11 May, there was finally some justice for the ten people murdered in the Ballymurphy massacre. Fifty years after the tragedy of August 1971, an inquest, led by the coroner, Mrs. Justice Siobhan Keegan, found that the ten people killed were entirely innocent. The inquest found that nine of the victims had been shot by the British army. However, due to the lack of investigation...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Go raibh maith agat, a Theachta.

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Pa Daly: I will finish on this. The names of people such as Fr. Hugh Mullan, surely a modern-day martyr, and all the others should inspire us to work towards peace on this island. It is only with justice that a lasting peace can be delivered. The campaign on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, the campaign for Pat Finucane and the campaign for the truth about Rosemary Nelson go on, and the Government...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Peadar Tóibín: Cuirim fáilte ollmhór roimh an mbreithiúnas ón ionchoisne an tseachtain seo caite a d'aithin go raibh na daoine a maraíodh i mBaile uí Mhurchú go hiomlán neamhchiontach. While I wholeheartedly welcome the decision made by the inquest in the North that the people in Ballymurphy who were murdered by the British army were completely innocent, I am still...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Marc MacSharry: I am glad to have a couple of minutes to make a few points about the Ballymurphy massacre. It strikes me today - and I do not doubt the sincerity of anybody who has spoken, from the Taoiseach right through to the most recent speaker - that our collective ambivalence as an Oireachtas throughout many tragedies in the North of Ireland, elsewhere, is worth noting. What are we really doing about...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Pa Daly: I spoke to a woman from Belfast a few weeks ago about Ballymurphy. She told me that her mother always said that her brother went out that day and came home a totally different person and was lost to the family. He reacted to the state-sponsored violence and the subsequent cover-up of what happened at Ballymurphy and on Bloody Sunday a few months later in the only way he could, which was by...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Mairead Farrell: "It has taken 50 years ... for my brother and my neighbours to be vindicated. And that 50 years has destroyed our lives." These are the words of Carmel Quinn, whose brother, John Laverty, was murdered in 1971. It is important to put on the Dáil record just how horrific that atrocity was. Between 9 and 11 August 1971, more than 600 soldiers entered the Ballymurphy area of west...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Bríd Smith: After a long and difficult campaign, the Ballymurphy massacre families have been vindicated at last. It was moving to see their relief and joy. The Irish State, Government and media were all over them last week, but where were they for the decades the families were knocking on their doors seeking justice? It made me think about how most states will cover up events to which they do not want...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Mick Barry: "His apology means nothing, we need him to go back to the MoD and tell them to tell the truth, tell our legal team the names of the soldiers who murdered our loved ones and ask them why." These are the words of Briege Voyle, whose mother, Joan Connolly, was murdered in Ballymurphy. She spoke in the immediate aftermath of the coroner's verdict, which made it clear that these were civilians...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Neale Richmond: I appreciate the opportunity to contribute on this timely and poignant debate. In my brief time as a Member, I have never been more struck by a debate where there has been such a unified opinion across the Chamber as well as such genuine compassion for the people at the heart of this scandal, the bereaved families of those ten innocent people who were murdered in Ballymurphy 50 years ago....

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Patrick Costello: I join with my colleagues in the Chamber in recognising the strength and dignity of the families of Ballymurphy in demanding justice over all of these years. So many other families are in similar situations and are still yearning for justice. References have been made to the anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. In recent months, we heard news of demands being made of the...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Paul McAuliffe: The findings of Mrs. Justice Keegan are harrowing to read and, I am sure, deeply painful for the family members, 50 years on. Mrs. Justice Keegan's words declare that those involved, members and loved ones of those families, were entirely innocent. This provides some justice to those who have spent decades seeking it. That the British Government has had it in its power to do this for...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Seán Crowe: Almost 50 years ago, the parachute regiment murdered 11 people in Ballymurphy estate in Belfast. For 50 years, the families of those murdered by British soldiers have fought for truth and justice. It has taken almost 50 years to prove that every one of the victims was an innocent civilian killed as an oppressive state's forces swept through the North, interning Catholic men of all ages...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Gary Gannon: Today, I join colleagues across the Chamber in talking of truth and the manner in which it should manifest in justice. We often hear the phrase "justice delayed is justice denied". For the families whose loved ones have been killed by the forces of a state, the importance of justice cannot be overstated. It is necessary for families and communities to come to terms with events that turned...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Fergus O'Dowd: I am here as a Deputy from County Louth, a Border county. Having lived there all my life, I know how difficult, sad and tragic the loss of any life is on our island. My county has suffered greatly in many ways. I am also Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Our members have agreed unanimously that the families of the victims of the...

Ballymurphy Inquest: Statements (18 May 2021)

Brendan Howlin: The coroner Mrs. Justice Keegan reported after the longest running inquiry to date in Northern Ireland. Her findings could not have been clearer or more stark that over three shocking days in August of 1971, the ten victims who were shot and killed in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast were entirely innocent and their killings were unjustified. Unjustified was as far as the coroner could...

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