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McGuinness should be condemning Kingsmill killers

Published 09/10/2015

In the last few days, gunman Chris Harper Mercer opened fire in Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Before doing so, he asked his victims what religion they believed in before killing them one by one. The whole world was outraged by this - and rightly so.

On January 5, 1976, near the village of Kingsmill in south Armagh, the IRA stopped a minibus carrying 11 men travelling to work. The gunmen pulled all 11 workmen out and lined them up at the side of the minibus and asked the same sort of question: what religion are you? They then murdered all the Protestants in cold blood. A Catholic workman travelling on the same bus was unharmed. One of the Protestant men survived despite being shot 18 times.

It seems to me that Stormont, Westminster and the Irish government want us to forget about the killings that happened during the IRA's terror campaign. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the massacre in Umpqua Community College. He said his thoughts and prayers were with the families involved.

He said: "I extend my condolences to all the families of the victims at this awful time of grief and mourning and wish those injured a full and speedy recovery."

Considering the shooting at the Community College in Roseburg is so very similar to the Kingsmill massacre in south Armagh, I wonder if our Deputy First Minister will come clean on his IRA past and also condemn the IRA for murdering so many innocent people and extend his condolences to all the families of those butchered at the hands of the IRA during the so-called 'Troubles'.

JOHN BRENNAN

Saintfield, Co Down

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