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Massacre survivor in legal threat over inquest

By David Young

Published 01/07/2015

The sole survivor of a sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workmen has threatened legal action over Stormont's failure to appoint a new coroner to hear a fresh inquest into the murders
The sole survivor of a sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workmen has threatened legal action over Stormont's failure to appoint a new coroner to hear a fresh inquest into the murders

The sole survivor of a sectarian massacre of 10 Protestant workmen has threatened legal action over Stormont's failure to appoint a new coroner to hear a fresh inquest into the murders.

Alan Black survived despite being hit 18 times in the 1976 attack near the Co Armagh village of Kingsmills.

Yesterday at Belfast Coroner's Court he insisted the families would not accept a further hold-up in their long battle for an inquest.

Northern Ireland's Senior Coroner John Leckey has been presiding over initial proceedings, but is due to retire in the autumn.

No other coroner has been assigned to the case, despite repeated calls from Mr Leckey for Justice Minister David Ford to find a successor.

A lawyer representing Mr Black warned judicial review proceedings would be initiated if no action is taken.

"Over the years it's been one obstacle put in our way after another and it's all coming from the Department of Justice," he said.

"We will do whatever is necessary with the legal people and hopefully get a result then."

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