Kingsmill massacre document may be missing, inquest told
A document which could contain "fundamental" information about the Kingsmill massacre may have gone missing, a lawyer has told an inquest.
The 42-year-old document provides details about a cross-border panel set up by the RUC and Garda the previous year to share security information between the two forces, the barrister said.
Sean Doran QC said: "One of the chief questions was whether there was joint protocol between the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Garda.
"A technical panel was established in and around 1974. This panel produced a report in 1975.
"The correspondence suggests that report has not been located by the Garda despite extensive searches both at national level and in the national archives.
"It may well be the PSNI are able to locate those reports".
He said he had been notified of the existence of the document through correspondence from the Republic's chief solicitor's office about the cross-border police panel.
Coroner Brian Sherrard said: "These matters are of importance to our community as a whole, as well as to the interested parties.
"It would be useful if we can redouble our efforts to locate (the documents).
"They seem to answer many fundamental questions about the nature of co-operation (between RUC and Garda officers)."
Alan Kane QC criticised the Republic's involvement in the inquest.
He said: "We don't know where these documents are and really there is no effective co-operation being supplied by the Garda."
The barrister for the bereaved added: "It's time that the Republic of Ireland actually dealt with this matter seriously."
The Kingsmill massacre occurred in 1976 when workmen in a minibus were stopped by gunmen in rural south Armagh.
The workers were lined up at the side of the road and the only Catholic among them was ordered to flee.
Ten of the men were then shot dead. An 11th man, Alan Black, survived despite being seriously injured.
Witnesses have said the attackers then crossed the border into Monaghan before crossing again to Armagh.
No-one has ever been held to account for the murders.
Last year, an inquest into the killings was opened but was halted after just one month in June 2016 when PSNI arrested a man in connection with the case.
However, the decision was made not to prosecute the man due to insufficient evidence.