Belfast Telegraph

Kingsmill families vent anger at Irish Government

By Allan Preston

Protesters outside Belfast's Laganside Court yesterday blasted the Irish Government over its apparent reluctance to disclose information relating to the Kingsmill massacre.

Before the inquest resumed after a break of almost a year, some relatives of the Kingsmill victims held a banner with the words 'Justice delayed, justice denied, our pain is Ireland's shame'.

Speaking for the group, victims' campaigner Willie Frazer accused Dublin of suppressing information.

"They should be ashamed of themselves," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"We want what they promised two years ago, full disclosure.

"The Taoiseach looked us straight in the eye and said he would do all he could to help us. They have only given us 60 newspaper cuttings, that's it."

A solicitor representing the families repeated the frustration to the coroner Brian Sherrard, comparing the Irish Government's contribution to a slimming biscuit "full of air with no substance".

The coroner acknowledged the inquest could not conclude until he was satisfied all relevant documents were before the court.

He repeated a call for any members of the public with helpful information on Kingsmill to come forward.

In April this year the Irish justice department strenuously denied it was not helping.

A spokesman commented: "The Irish Government has given its commitment to co-operate to the greatest extent possible, within the law, with the inquest and, in fact, has taken unprecedented legal measures to facilitate that co-operation and to deliver upon its commitment."

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