Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Labour to hold talks over 1971 Ballymurphy shootings

Labour's Northern Ireland spokesman has agreed to meet the families pushing for an independent investigation into the killing of 11 people by the Army in Ballymurphy in 1971.

The talks will be in Belfast this week, and Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis also said he believed Prime Minister David Cameron should meet the relatives and their supporters .

The Parachute Regiment was involved in the killings over a three-day period in August 1971. A priest and a mother of eight were among the civilians shot dead.

The meeting follows support from the Taoiseach Enda Kenny who last month said he would raise the issue with Mr Cameron.

Meanwhile, Mr Lewis also said he believed the failure of the Government to engage properly in Northern Ireland was at the root of the collapse of the recent talks chaired by Dr Richard Haass.

Mr Lewis went to Sinn Fein's ard fheis in Wexford at the weekend where he had a meeting with party president Gerry Adams, after attending the DUP, Ulster Unionist and SDLP conferences.

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