Belfast Telegraph

Kingsmills inquest date is set

By Rebecca Black

A date has been set for an inquest into one of the most notorious atrocities of the Troubles.

Ten Protestant workmen died on January 5, 1976 when their minibus was pulled over by IRA gunmen near Kingsmills, Co Armagh.

Eleven men were lined up on the roadside close to Bessbrook, and shot repeatedly. Only one survived.

No one has ever been convicted of the murders.

Relatives of the slain have been campaigning for a new inquest into the murders for years.

Last night UUP MLA Danny Kennedy said June 1, 2015 had been set as the inquest date.

He paid tribute to senior coroner John Leckey for pursuing the case.

"While it is nearly 40 years on, it remains important," he said.

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