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Ballymurphy massacre families' legal move on coroner

By Lindsay Fergus

The wife of a man who died in the Ballymurphy massacre will today issue judicial review proceedings against Coroner John Leckey.

It comes after the coroner’s decision to suspend an inquest into her husband’s death, one of 14 ordered by Attorney General John Larkin that he stopped. Joseph Murphy was one of 10 killed by the Paras in Belfast in August 1971.

Mr Larkin ordered fresh inquests into the Ballymuphy deaths in November 2011, but last week Mr Leckey sparked fury when he adjourned them due to potential concerns over national security.

Solicitor Padraig O Muirigh said: “The manner in which the coroner decided to inform us of his decision was discourteous to the families. As far as they are aware the Secretary of State or Advocate General have not raised any issues of national security to date relating to these cases.”

Proceedings have already been issued on behalf of the mother of Francis Rowntree, which are listed for hearing today.

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