Belfast Telegraph

Inquests from the 3,000 Troubles inquests online

By David Young

Information relating to more than 3,000 Troubles inquests has been put online in a bid to make coroners' records more accessible to bereaved relatives and the wider public.

The move by the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) to upload an index of inquest cases for the period 1969 to 1999 will also enable remote access to details on around 10,000 non-conflict related deaths.

Previously, people would have had to visit the Public Records Office in Belfast in person to enquire what inquest files it held.

High-profile coroners' probes, like those on the IRA hungers strikers, are included in the catalogue.

David Huddleston, head of records management, cataloguing and access at PRONI, said: "The 13,000 records will cover a whole range, some of it will be about individuals who took their own lives, some of it will be tragic accidents, some of them will be conflict-related."

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