Belfast Telegraph

Dublin not delivering on its promises over Kingsmill, says UUP

By Michael McHugh

Ulster Unionists have called on the Irish Government to make a full disclosure about an infamous massacre during the Troubles.

Victims' families are unhappy with the amount of information provided about the 1976 IRA murder of 10 Protestant workmen at Kingsmill in south Armagh.

Tom Elliott MP said the level of transparency had not come close to what the UK was planning to deliver on legacy cases.

He said: "It almost gives people the perception that there is an unfair process."

He added documents coming forward from Dublin about Kingsmill provided "extremely limited" information.

The UUP met officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs at Stormont yesterday to discuss legacy issues, but not internal Northern Ireland matters.

The Irish Government is heavily involved in efforts to restore power-sharing at Stormont. More detailed discussions are planned about specific cases over the next week.

Two years ago Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the families Dublin would provide information it held about the Kingsmill attack to a coroner for an inquest into the killings.

Mr Elliott said the British seemed to be able to get information about what its soldiers did for a host of inquests, and the Republic should be able to retrieve material about Kingsmill.

He added: "They have not come close to what the UK are planning to do.

"They have not shown any willingness to do so.

"We are putting a line down at the moment and they are not coming up to what we would expect them to."

He said they were players in part of the talks, adding: "They have questions to answer over legacy and we will press them on that, and that is the only thing we discussed today."

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called for a "progressive consensus" on equality in the next Assembly.

He said: "We have to be prepared to set aside party differences and unite for positive change, recognising and valuing the differences that shape our society. That means progress on Acht na Gaeilge and marriage equality and other matters important to citizens, including anti-poverty measures and social and economic issues."

Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill claimed at the end of the first week of negotiations that nothing had been put on the table by the British Government about delivering on the key issues.

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