Belfast Telegraph

Kingsmill families 'would meet' with McElduff, says victim's sister

The sister of one of the Protestant workmen killed in the Kingsmill massacre has said the families would be willing to meet with Barry McElduff.

This comes in response to a video posted to social media by the Sinn Fein MP, in which he posed with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head.

Voices from across the political spectrum condemned the video, with many feeling the timing of its posting on the 42nd anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre was intended to mock the families of the victims.

Mr McElduff posted an apology to Twitter, and on Saturday afternoon posted a tweet saying he was "very willing" to meet with the Kingsmill Massacre families.

May Quinn's brother, Bobby Walker, was driving the Glenanne minibus that was pulled over by the IRA in the 1976 attack in Kingsmill, south Armagh.

He was killed alongside nine others.

It is one of the most notorious events of the Troubles, marked out by the sectarian nature of the killing.

"My brother was one of the best men that walked the earth, wouldn’t have harmed a fly," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

On meeting with Mr McElduff, she said: "I would meet him, and he would take whatever I would say to him. And it wouldn't be very nice I can tell you that.  I don’t know what sort of a person he is at all, making jokes about the dead.

"They never did apologise, and we know all the names."

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph victims campaigner Willie Frazer, whose father was killed by the IRA in 1975, said since the original tweet was posted he had spoken to other victims' relatives, and believed they would meet with Mr McElduff on condition of an apology for the attack.

"He would need to be not just apologising for the loaf of bread on his head, but apologising for the actions on the night. Because he’s never done that," he said.

"This is no accident, what Barry McElduff done. This has been doing the circuit for quite a while. We had actually mentioned it yesterday [during the memorial service] about the Kingsmill bread.

"He can fool some of the people but it can’t fool us."

Mr Frazer said over the past two months he had received anonymous phone calls making reference to Kingsmill bread in a way that mocked the atrocity.

An inquest into the Kingsmill massacre is still running at a court in Belfast.

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