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Thursday 26 May 2016

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: I'll visit Ballymurphy

By Rebecca Black

Published 14/05/2014

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has reaffirmed his support for the families of the 1971 Ballymurphy shootings and pledged to visit the area.

Speaking in the Dail yesterday, Mr Kenny said the Irish Government would be bringing a motion of support to the parliament.

His comments come after Secretary of State Theresa Villiers last month turned down a request for an independent review panel into the shootings.

Eleven civilians died at the hands of the Parachute Regiment, including a priest and a mother.

Ms Villiers also turned down a request for a De Silva-style review of the IRA's bombing of the La Mon Hotel in which 12 people died and 30 were injured.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams welcomed the support from Mr Kenny.

John Teggart, whose father Danny died in the Ballymurphy shootings, also welcomed Mr Kenny's pledge to visit and said families were ready to meet him.

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