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New inquests on 1972 Army killings

Northern Ireland's Attorney General John Larkin has directed that new inquests into the deaths of people killed by the British army in west Belfast in 1972 should be held.

Five people were killed in 1972 in Springhill in Ballymurphy.

Mr Larkin directed inquests to be opened into the deaths of Margaret Gargan, John Dougal, David McCafferty and Patrick Butler.

Another man, Father Noel Fitzpatrick, was also shot.

Sinn Fein West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said: "The announcement by Attorney General John Larkin that inquests are to be held is welcome news for the families.

"The families have campaigned tirelessly for the truth and I commend their dignity and fortitude in bringing the campaign to this stage.

"The holding of the inquests is a step forward in getting to that truth and I hope that it will help bring justice to the families concerned."

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