Ballymurphy Massacre Families Take Case to Dublin

Posted By: July 15, 2015

Ballymurphy Massacre Families Take Case to Dublin


Ballymurphy Massacre Families were in Dublin today for what turned out to be a very important and very emotional day for the families starting the day with an awareness event hosted by Marylou Mc Donald of Sinn Fein . Members of the Ballymurphy Massacre campaign went into detail of how their loved ones were murdered at the hands of the parachute regiment.  It was shown that after  40+ years the hurt is still as raw today as it was then, this event was attended by members of the Seanad and the Oireachtas followed by question and answers session ..other victims were also there in support of the Ballymurphy families including Mc Gurks bar massacre families and Stan Carberry  who’s father was murdered in the early seventies. There was an invite from the Taoiseach’s office before the main all party motion started we were welcomed by the Tánaiste Joan Burton , Minister for Foreign affairs Charlie Flannigan and Taoiseach  Enda Kenny. We were led to the public gallery for the Main event, an all party motion debate on the Ballymurphy massacre,  Leader after leader acknowledged the presence of the families in the public gallery and commended the Families On their determined and Dignified CampaignEnda  Kenny tabled the motion with acknowledging the sadness of the 11 lives lost in Ballymurphy and sadness that justice still eludes them, he also acknowledged the presence of the Mc Gurks bar families who were in support of the Ballymurphy families they too have suffered from the terrible events that occurred on the 4th  December 1971 when 17 injured and 15 killed by a loyalist bomb-blast in Newlodge in north Belfast.

The Taoiseach commented on past meetings with the Ballymurphy Families including the meeting in Ballymurphy area in west Belfast earlier this year he said” That visit has again brought it home to me in the most powerful way imaginable because I stood where those tragic events happened-just what these families have gone through and the great pain and suffering that they have experienced”

Enda followed up this visit with correspondence to the British prime minister David Cameron. Enda stated that the British governments decision not to put in place an independent Panel to investigate the Massacre was wrong and he would continue to press for an independent inquiry as will his government colleagues.

Enda  confirmed all of the options to the Families the best he thought was the independent panel.

Enda  finished off with the reading of all the names of those who were murdered in Ballymurphy in August 1971


Tánaiste  Joan Burton


Welcomed the Ballymurphy families presence in the Dail and the mc Gurks Eamon Gilmore and other labour party members in the past in belfast she also  mentioned The SDLP in the Gallery with us supporting the Motion again she also voiced her  and her parties support for the Campaign for thruth and will continue to support us .The Tánaiste commented that “We are not strong until we all come together”


Next to speak was Michael martin


Michael Martin commented “that the  Ballymurphy Massacre families  know the thruth but that truth needs to be acknowledged  by the British government, he continued” you can’t judge what happened in Bloodysunday and not judge Ballymurphy also.  An independent panel will not take 12 year and a panel investigation would not be costly Michael reflected on his visit o Ballymurphy states in on his Belfast visit in “010and commented that all sides need to be genuine on dealing with the past


Gerry Adams Started  by saying  this was an important step forward for the Ballymurphy Families he welcomed the Families of both Ballymurphy and the Mc Gurks families supporting us today he also welcome the British ambassador  he reflected on the suffering at first hand yards away where the parachute regiment were stationed his own house being attacked that night and wrecked other disgusting behaviour of the paratroops he also mentioned the other massacre’s in the area Kellys Bar and the Springhill massacre where the children and another catholic priest were murdered .he agreed with the Ballymurphy families that words were not enough(motion)actions afterward need to follow he went on to mention all victims of the conflict and the duty for all to set the truth free He also finished with the names of all the 11 victims being read out in the Dail


Independent John Halligan also spoke in support with the other party leader in the Dail  He mentioned that around Internment week when these events were carried out victims’ families were present in the south of Ireland and some (Mrs Connolly’s children) seen their mothers funeral on RTE television .he also commented that if this massacre had happened in any other part of the world there would be outrage He said he didn’t trust the British to investigate Ballymurphy and they have a duty to not let this happen again These victims were Irish people .he added why are political parties afraid of the truth..Truth and justice are being under mined

Maureen o’Sullivan  independent also spoke of the independent TDs support of the Families for truth and justice she commented that it’s all Oireachtas

she finished saying that it’s not just an all party motion of support of Ballymurphy it’s an all Oireachtas and the independents motion of support for Ballymurphy present .

Charlie Flannigan minister for foreign affairs  spoke last he acknowledged the British ambassador Dominic Shilcock-presence and the Ballymurphy families present he  spoke of his dealing in the storon talks and again he also spoke of his and his parties support for the Ballymurphy panel  he said he wanted dealing with the past done with timely fashion and human right compliant he said Ballymurphy was a wound that won’t  heal

The  motion for all party and independent support was passed at 3.26 pm today..

Speaking today john Teggart whose father Danny was murdered 9thAugust 1971 Thanked Enda Kenny for Tabling todays motion and for his continued support over the last number of years Standing side by  side with us in our search for truth and Justice. I would like also to thank all party leaders and  independents for today’s support  ,it’s a big step forward in our campaign it strengthens the support we already have to date ,let’s face it the only one outside the circle of support is the British Government they hold the key to the Truth I would hope with what happened today with all Irish Political support we must all demand what the Ballymurphy deserve all these years the acknowledgement of the truth








John Teggart







Fr. Sean Mc Manus