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Ballymurphy Massacre: Coroner appeals for witnesses to come forward

By Staff Reporter

A coroner is appealing for witnesses to the Ballymurphy killings to come forward.

10 people were gunned down by the Army in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast between August 9-11, 1971.

Among those shot dead by members of the Parachute Regiment was mother-of-eight Joan Connolly and local priest Father Hugh Mullan.

An inquest into the deaths – known locally as the Ballymurphy Massacre - will be held in Belfast this September.

In a statement, the Coroners Service said: “The Coroner is appealing for all witnesses to the shootings including army personnel from the Queens and Parachute Regiments who were present during the relevant time to come forward and provide whatever information they can to assist with the inquest proceedings.

“The Coroner also wishes to contact any SIB/RMP veterans who were involved in the initial army investigations.

“The MoD may issue a call for evidence through the Regimental Associations however the Coroner is also making this call openly.

“If you had any involvement in, were a witness to the shootings or if you have other information to provide about the shootings, this is an important opportunity for you to assist the inquest and make your account known.

“You may be asked to provide a statement. You may also be asked to attend the inquest to give evidence, but the necessary arrangements for that will be made at a later stage.”

The deceased were Father Hugh Mullan; Francis Quinn; Daniel Teggart; Joan Connolly; Noel Phillips; Joseph Murphy; John Laverty; Joseph Corr; Edward Doherty; and John James McKerr.

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