Johnson apologises to families of Ballymurphy victims in House of Commons


Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.45 19 May 2021


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The British Prime Minister has issued an apology in the House of Commons to the families of the Ballymurphy massacre.

A recent inquest found 10 people shot dead during the British operation in 1971 were 'entirely innocent'.

Boris Johnson had been criticised for not addressing the matter in parliament, and has since written to the families of the victims.

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In the House of Commons this afternoon, Mr Johnson issued a public apology to the families.

He said: "On behalf of successive Governments, and to put this on the record in this House, I would like to say sorry to their families for how the investigations were handled and for the pain they have endured since their campaign began almost five decades ago.

"No apology can lessen their lasting pain. I hope they may take some comfort in the answers they have secured and in knowing that this has renewed the Government’s determination to ensure in future that other families can find answers with less distress and delay."

He also read out the name of all ten victims: Francis Quinn, Father Hugh Mullan, Noel Phillips, Joan Connolly, Daniel Teggart, Joseph Murphy, Edward Doherty, John Laverty, Joseph Corr and John McKerr.

Families of the victims previously said it was an "insult" that Mr Johnson's initial apology came in a conversation with others.

They had urged him to make a full public apology, as it would be "a bit more respectful”.

Main image: Boris Johnson in the House of Commons today. Picture by: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Images

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