Belfast Telegraph

Foster vows to maintain the pressure on Dublin

By Allan Preston

DUP leader Arlene Foster took a break from the election campaign trail yesterday to show support to the families at the Kingsmill inquest.

Mrs Foster told the Belfast Telegraph she shared the families' frustration over the Irish Government's apparent reluctance to disclose intelligence material on the massacre.

"This is a great disappointment. We'll keep pushing on that issue," she said.

"It has been very poor in relation to co-operation with this Coroner's Court and I think that's wrong."

In 2015 Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has just announced he is to quit as leader of Fine Gael, promised families he would release the information.

"I do think there's a distinct lack of co-operation and that's hugely disappointing," Mrs Foster said.

"We read today that Charlie Flanagan (the Irish Foreign Minister) is talking about the Dublin/Monaghan bombing and the need for openness and for our own government to be open on disclosures, but it works both ways."

Foster's party colleague William Irwin, MLA for Newry and Armagh, has been in regular contact with the families.

He said: "They were merciless killings. For many of the families it's been a traumatic time going through it all again.

"I was there when the Taoiseach made promises in 2015 that information would be passed over. All that's been given is a few newspaper cuttings, there's been no intelligence handed over and it's simply not good enough."

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