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Families emotional as inquest date set in Ballymurphy case

An inquest into the deaths of those shot in Ballymurphy in 1971 will go ahead in September next year.

Presiding at a preliminary hearing for the long-stalled inquest at Belfast's High Court on Friday, Justice Adrian Colton said it will last three months.

Ten people were shot dead by the Army in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast 46 years ago.

The Ballymurphy case is one of around 50 historic conflict-related inquests still stuck in Northern Ireland's coronial system due a political impasse over paying for them.

The inquest will be listed for hearing on September 11, 2018.

John Teggart, whose father Danny was killed in Ballymurphy, said: “It’s an emotional day for all the families, they have worked hard and our legal team have worked hard to get to this, and there is a lot of work to be done. But we will be ready for it.

“It’s a great day for the families and it’s a great day for truth and justice,” he added.

Briege Voyle, whose mother Joan Connolly was also shot dead by the Army, said: “We, families, have waited 46 years for this and it should have been here sooner, but thank god somebody has listened to us and we are going to get our day in court.”

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