75 killings and still no inquests
Inquests into 75 of Northern Ireland's most controversial deaths are still outstanding - including cases which date back more than four decades.
Many of the killings were carried out by the security forces in circumstances which are bitterly disputed, or involve allegations of State collusion with paramilitaries.
In some cases relatives have gone to their graves without knowing the full circumstances of their loved ones' deaths.
The average wait for so-called legacy inquests to be concluded now stands at 20 years and seven months.
Earlier this year Northern Ireland's Senior Coroner admitted he was embarrassed at the length of time some hearings were taking.
It has also been claimed that the Government could be breaching European law by not holding timely inquests.
In most cases the delays are caused by legal disputes over the disclosure of sensitive files.
While families want full disclosure, security forces have generally requested that key details are blacked out.
Figures released by the Coroners Service show that 46 inquests relating to 75 deaths in Northern Ireland remain outstanding.
About half were opened shortly after the deaths, but then adjourned and never concluded.
Others were reopened in recent years at the direction of John Larkin, the Attorney General.
The oldest outstanding case relates to the death of Bernard Watt, who was shot by soldiers in Ardoyne in early 1971.
In February Senior Coroner John Leckey criticised the time some inquests were taking.
It came after a preliminary hearing was told full inquests into the deaths of republicans and police officers killed in disputed circumstances in Mid Ulster 30 years ago may not begin for months or even years.
"Looking at how difficult inquests have been held in England I feel embarrassed - the London bombings, Princess Diana, we all know these big inquests," he told the hearing.
"They have dealt with similar issues and the inquests have been held."
Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights commits member states to carrying out independent, transparent and timely investigations into the deaths of citizens.
In 2012 the European Court of Human Rights ruled the Government had violated the rights of two families by failing to hold an inquest into the deaths of two IRA men for 22 years.
Dessie Grew and Martin McCaughey were shot dead by the SAS near Loughgall in October 1990. However, it was 2012 before their inquest finally took place.
European judges warned that police and soldiers responsible for killings here could "benefit from virtual impunity" because of the length of the delays.
SDLP MLA Alban Maginness, who is the party's justice spokesman and a barrister, said European law dictated that relatives had a right to know how people died.
"Under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the State must take all reasonable efforts to investigate the deaths of people, particularly if they have been involved in them," he said.
"Therefore, there is a legal obligation for the Government to assist the Coroner's Court in making sure that these investigations are satisfactory."
Mr Maginness said that where governments do not make every effort to assist the court, they could be in breach of Article Two.
"There is a very heavy burden on the State to carry out proper investigation and part of that is the inquest process," he added.
However, unionists fear the system could be manipulated to create a new narrative of the past.
The Ulster Unionist Party's paper on dealing with the past warns that historical inquests "run the risk of establishing a narrative of actions by security force personnel, without a reciprocal narrative concerning terrorist motivation and activity, or any due attention to the security and political context of the time".
Earlier this year the Belfast Telegraph revealed the Department of Justice was pushing for the Haass-proposed Historical Investigations Unit to be established now.
A paper from the department outlines a plan for a possible new Legacy Inquest Unit at an estimated cost of £30m.
Innocents whose relatives are being denied justice
Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead by a group calling itself the Republican Action Force in January 1976.
The men were taking their usual route home from a textile factory when their bus was stopped. The gunmen asked the men to identify their religion. The only Catholic was told to leave.
The others were lined up and shot. One man, Alan Black, was hit 18 times but survived.
Last August the Attorney General ordered the coroner to open a new inquest. John Larkin said new evidence had emerged through the HET investigation.
At a preliminary hearing in February, Senior Coroner John Leckey said part of the inquest's role was to try to identify who carried out the shootings.
PENSIONER ROSEANN MALLON
Roseann Mallon was shot dead by loyalist gunmen who opened fire on a house at Cullenrammer Road outside Dungannon in May 1994.
The 76-year-old pensioner was shot multiple times in the attack, which was carried out by the UVF.
It later emerged that the Army was conducting a surveillance operation on a nearby house owned by her nephew.
An Army surveillance camera was found close to the scene.
An inquest opened in April 2002 and more than a dozen hearings took place over the next 18 months before proceedings ground to a halt.
A full inquest finally started last November, but was adjourned and is due to reopen on May 7 -- almost 20 years to the day of Miss Mallon's death.
KEVIN AND JACK McKEARNEY
Loyalist gunmen walked into the family butcher's shop in Moy in January 1992 and opened fire.
Kevin McKearney, who had been working in the shop for 10 years, died instantly.
The gunmen continued firing at his 70-year-old uncle Jack, who was fatally wounded and died in April.
Before his death, two of Kevin McKearney's brothers were killed while taking part in IRA operations. Protestant student Robin Farmer had earlier been shot dead by the INLA in his own family shop in Moy.
The shooting at the McKearney business premises was believed to be a reprisal attack.
In September 2012 a report by the Historical Enquiries Team concluded the RUC did not do enough to prevent the McKearneys' murders.
SCHOOLBOY FRANCIS ROWNTREE
One of the oldest outstanding cases, 11-year-old Francis Rowntree was killed in April 1972 after being struck by a rubber bullet fired by the security forces.
The schoolboy, who was from the Falls area of west Belfast, died after being fatally injured in disputed circumstances near Divis Flats.
He was hit by a rubber bullet fired by soldiers on April 20 during rioting in the area, and died two days later.
Controversy surrounds the shooting, with disputed claims about whether the young boy was fired on directly, or hit by a ricochet, and if the bullet had been altered to potentially cause more injury.
The inquest was reopened on the orders of the Attorney General.
Eleven people -- including a Catholic priest and a mother-of-eight -- were shot dead in Ballymurphy over a three-day period following the introduction of internment.
Although inquests were held a year after the August 1971 shootings, they were branded a sham by relatives.
The original inquests had returned open verdicts.
In November 2011 Attorney General John Larkin ordered new hearings.
The inquest into one of the 11 who died, Pat McCarthy, will not reopen. His case will remain closed with the finding that he died of a heart attack after being intimidated by troops.
A preliminary hearing was held in March and a further hearing is scheduled for early next month.
The 46 separate cases left in legal limbo with grieving families no nearer truth
1. Rosann Mallon
Died: May 8, 1994
The pensioner was shot dead when loyalist gunmen opened fire on a house near Dungannon.
2. Jack McKearney and Kevin McKearney
Died: January 3 and April 4, 1992
Kevin McKearney and his elderly uncle Jack were shot dead at their family butcher's shop in Moy by the UVF.
3. Neil John McConville
Died: April 29, 2003
Shot dead by the PSNI - the first fatality since the organisation replaced the RUC - following a chase near Lisburn.
4. Daniel Doherty and William Fleming
Died: December 6, 1984
The two IRA men were killed in the grounds of Gransha Hospital in Londonderry by an undercover Army unit.
5. Gareth Paul O'Connor
Died: June 11, 2005
He disappeared on his way to Dundalk Garda station where he was due to report for bail. His body was recovered from Newry Canal two years later.
6. Daniel Stephen Osvaldo McColgan
Died: January 12, 2002
The 20-year-old Catholic postman was murdered by the UDA as he arrived for work in Rathcoole.
7. Michael James Ryan, Anthony Patrick Doris and Laurence McNally
Died: J une 3, 1991
The IRA trio - who were on "active service" - died in a hail of gunfire after being ambushed as they travelled through Coagh in a stolen car.
8. Gerard Martin Slane
Died: September 23, 1988
Father-of-three was shot dead by the UDA at his west Belfast home, leading to claims of collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and the security forces.
9. Samuel James Marshall
Died: March 7, 1990
Sinn Fein member was shot dead as he was walking to his home in Lurgan's Kilwilkee estate after signing bail.
10. John Quinn, Allan McCloy and Paul Hamilton
Died: October 27, 1982
The three RUC officers were killed by an IRA landmine near Lurgan as they passed in an armoured police car.
11. James Gervaise McKerr, Eugene Toman and John Frederick Burns
Died: November 11, 1982
The three died when the RUC opened fire on their car, which police claimed failed to stop at a roadblock, near Lurgan.
12. Michael Tighe
Died: November 24, 1982
The teenager was killed by the RUC at a hay shed near Craigavon where rifles were being stored.
13. Roderick Carroll and Peter James Martin (Seamus) Grew
Died: December 12, 1982
The INLA men were shot when the car they were driving in was fired on by the RUC near Armagh.
14. Gerard Laurence Casey
Died: April 4, 1989
The IRA man was shot by the UVF as he slept at his home outside Rasharkin.
15. Gerard Lawlor
Died: July 22, 2002
The 19-year-old was returning home from the Bellevue Arms to the Whitewell area of north Belfast when he was shot by loyalists.
16. Seamus Patrick Dillon
Died: December 28, 1997
He was gunned down outside the Glengannon Hotel near Dungannon by the Loyalist Volunteer Force hours after the murder of Billy Wright at the Maze.
17. Liam Paul Thompson
Died: April 27, 1994
UDA gunmen opened fire on a car containing two Catholic men, killing the 25-year-old and wounding his friend.
18. Richard Jameson
Died: January 10, 2000
The businessman - the commander of the Mid Ulster UVF - was shot dead at close range by a lone gunman as he drove to his home outside Portadown.
19. Patrick Daniel Vincent, Sean O'Farrell, Peter Paul Clancy and Kevin Barry O'Donnell
Died: February 16, 1992
The four IRA men were ambushed by the SAS at Clonoe Chapel after an attack on Coalisland RUC barracks.
20. Sean Patrick Brown
Died: May 12, 1997
He was abducted by loyalists as he locked up the Wolfe Tone GAA club at Bellaghy, shot multiple times in the head and his body dumped 10 miles away.
21. Raymond McCord
Died: November 9, 1997
The 22-year-old, a former RAF man, was beaten to death and his body dumped in a quarry in Newtownabbey.
22. Francis Patrick Bradley
Died: February 18, 1986
The 20-year-old was shot dead in disputed circumstances by the SAS near Toomebridge.
23. Father Hugh Mullan
Francis Joseph Quinn
Died: August 9, 1971
24. Joan Connolly
Died: August 9, 10 and 22, 1971
25. Edward Doherty
Died August 10, 1971
26. John Laverty
Died August 11 and 27, 1971
27. John James McKerr
Died August 20, 1971
The killings took place in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast over a three-day period. A priest and a mother-of- eight were among the civilians shot by the Parachute Regiment.
28. Bernard Watt
Died: February 6, 1971
Soldiers shot him in the chest near his home in the Ardoyne area a short time after a military personnel carrier was hit by nail and petrol bombs.
29. Francis Rowntree
Died: April 22, 1972
The 11-year-old was hit by a rubber bullet fired by a soldier in west Belfast.
30. Manus Deery
Died: May 19, 1972
The 15-year-old was shot in the Bogside. The Army claimed a soldier in a lookout post fired at what appeared to be a gunman, missed, and the ricochet struck the teenager.
31. Kevin Anthony McAlorum
Died: June 3, 2004
The former prisoner was shot dead in his car as children arrived for classes at a primary school in Derriaghy.
32. John Coulter and Robert Mahood
Died: August 21, 2000
The men were shot on the Crumlin Road as they sat in a Land Rover outside a bookmaker's shop during a loyalist feud.
33. Henry Thornton
Died: August 7, 1971
Shot by the Army when the van he was driving past Springfield Road barracks in West Belfast backfired.
34. John Bryans
Robert Samuel Walker
Died: January 5, 1976
The 10 were all textile factory staff who were shot when an IRA gang ambushed their minibus near Kingsmills, Co Armagh.
35. Marion Brown
Died: June 10, 1972
Shot by loyalists at Roden Street in Belfast moments after kissing her boyfriend goodbye.
36. James (aka Seamus) Bradley
Died: July 31, 1972
The 19-year-old was shot in Derry as thousands of soldiers launched a major military operation, Operation Motorman, to retake the 'no-go' areas of the city.
37. Kathleen Thompson
Died: November 6, 1971
The mother-of-six was shot in the garden of her Creggan home in 1971 during an Army raid on the estate. She was found by her 12-year-old daughter.
38. Daniel Carson
Died: November 1, 1973
The 29-year-old Catholic shopworker was shot by the UVF as he left the Shankill Road.
39. Terence McDaid
Died: May 10, 1988
The 29-year-old Catholic died from gunshot wounds to the head after loyalist gunmen broke into his home off the Antrim Road in Belfast.
40. Fergal McCusker
Died: January 18, 1998
Abducted by the LVF as he left a bar in the centre of Maghera, shot and dumped behind a youth club.
41. Craig McCausland
Died: July 11, 2005
The father-of-one was shot by the UVF at his home in north Belfast. He died later in the Royal Victoria Hospital.
42. Joseph Parker
Died: December 11, 1972
The 25-year-old was shot in disputed circumstances when soldiers opened fire at a community centre in Ardoyne during a disco two weeks before Christmas.
43. Elizabeth McDonald
John Gerald McGleenan
Died: August 16, 1976
The pair died in the UVF bombing of the Step Inn in Keady, Co Armagh, in August 1976.
44. Thomas Friel
Died: May 22, 1973
The 21-year-old was hit by a rubber bullet in Creggan after returning from a night out. He died four days later.
45. Charles Fox
Died: September 6, 1992
The husband and wife were shot by the UVF at their home near Moy.
46. Leonardo Anthony Norney
Died: September 13, 1975
The 17-year-old, from west Belfast, was shot by the Army.