Shadow Secretary of State Meets Ballymurphy Massacre Committee

Posted By: February 17, 2014

Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis today met relatives of 11 people shot dead by the British  Army Parachute regiment in Ballymurphy West Belfast in August 1971.    Speaking after meeting the families and visiting some of the sites where the victims were shot Mr Lewis released the following statement     
As part of his ongoing engagement with victims and their families across all communities in Northern Ireland, the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Ivan Lewis MP, has met with families of the eleven people killed in Ballymurphy in 1971.
“I was moved and shocked by the testimonies of the Ballymurphy campaign families. Like many families in both communities they have waited too long for the truth. The time has come to address this grave injustice.
There is no doubt that there has neither been due process or justice with regard to the killing of their loved ones.
It is clearly now in the public interest for a process to be established as soon as possible which has the confidence of the victims families.
Mr Lewis also commented that he will study the Independent Panel proposed by the families and that he will lobby Ed Miliband to meet the victims group.