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McGurk's Bar massacre families to get HET report in two weeks

A report into one of Northern Ireland's worst terrorist atrocities is to be given to the victims' families within two weeks, the High Court has heard.

Counsel for Chief Constable Matt Baggott confirmed a finalised version of the Historical Enquiries Team review of the McGurk's Bar massacre is set to be disclosed.

The breakthrough comes just weeks before the 42nd anniversary of the loyalist bombing.

Fifteen people were murdered when the north Belfast pub was blown up by the UVF in December 1971.

A HET review of the police investigation into the bombing was completed last December.

But with detectives said to be pursuing further evidential leads, the findings remained withheld from relatives of those killed in the attack.

Judicial review proceedings were issued against the Chief Constable, claiming he has a public law duty to disclose the report without delay.

The legal challenge, brought by Bridget Irvine, whose mother Kitty was among those killed, contended that the ongoing failure to hand the dossier over is irrational, unlawful and in breach of their human rights.

Earlier this month, a judge was told lawyers representing the PSNI were seeking more time to consider whether to release a redacted version.

Barrister Peter Coll said: "In terms of a timescale I'm told it might take two weeks for a finalised report. One very much hopes it will happen sooner than that and, if it can, it will."

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