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Kingsmills massacre relatives hail Enda Kenny visit

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Relatives of 10 Protestant workmen shot dead in a notorious sectarian attack have described a meeting with the Taoiseach as encouraging.

Enda Kenny travelled to Co Armagh to meet families of the textile workers who were gunned down near the village of Kingsmills in 1976.

The textile workers were massacred after an IRA gang stopped their minibus close to the Co Armagh village as they were travelling home from work. Colin Worton, whose brother Kenneth was shot dead, said he had been reassured by Mr Kenny's comments regarding co-operation with forthcoming inquests.

Mr Worton said: "He gave us assurances that anything that could be passed over to the coroner would be, and that if it was too sensitive, then the coroner or his representatives could travel to Dublin. The meeting has moved things forward. Things are moving slowly, but at least they are moving."

Fresh inquests were ordered by Attorney General John Larkin in 2013. Claims have been made that the Garda has effectively ignored requests for information on the case.

Mr Worton said: "It was encouraging. He (Mr Kenny) seemed to be sincere enough and you can only take him at his word."

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