Senator Mark Daly:
The next issue is the shootings that took place in Ballymurphy where ten unarmed civilians were shot in the space of 72 hours by the Parachute Regiment which, a few weeks later, went to Derry to carry out the killing of unarmed civilians there in a matter of minutes. What is the British Government doing in respect of seeking justice for those who were killed? I posed the question in the House on the day I raised the issue. In Ballymurphy a mother of eight was shot in the face and died. Those children of Joan Connolly are entitled to know who killed their mother. They are not seeking revenge. I fear justice would elude them but they are entitled to the truth.
Minister for European Affairs:
Both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade expressed their disappointment at the decision of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 29 April 2014 not to appoint a Hillsborough-style panel to review the Ballymurphy cases the Senator raised. They have since raised the matter with Prime Minister Cameron and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, respectively. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade informed the Secretary of State that, lacking agreement on a new model for contending with the past, a poorly functioning historical inquiries team and a severely backlogged coroner’s court, the British Government should support reasonable and considered requests such as that made by the Ballymurphy families. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has stressed strongly to his counterpart our view that the British Government should support these reasonable and considered requests from the families that have suffered in respect of this terrible incident.