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Fifteen people died in a bomb blast at McGurk's bar in North Queen Street, west Belfast, on December 4 1971

Fifteen people died in a bomb blast at McGurk's bar in North Queen Street, west Belfast, on December 4 1971

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Fifteen people died in a bomb blast at McGurk's bar in North Queen Street, west Belfast, on December 4 1971

Relatives of those killed in the McGurk's bar massacre are to finally receive an unedited report into the bombing, the High Court has heard.

Counsel for the Chief Constable revealed that the dossier on the attack will be handed over as soon as possible.

The confirmation brings an end to legal action mounted in a bid to gain access to the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) review.

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

An HET examination of the police investigation into the bombing was completed in December 2012. But with detectives said to be pursuing further 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.

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

Belfast Telegraph