Boris Johnson issued an apology in the House of Commons to families of those killed in the Palemurphy Massacre and repeated the inquiry’s investigation that the victims were “absolutely innocent”. pic.twitter.com/gb92S2nV5l
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today issued an apology to the families of those killed in the Palemurphy massacre in the House of Commons.
Johnson began by noting the findings of the recent investigation that all ten victims of Palimore, in 1971, were “absolutely innocent”.
Last week, an investigator ruled that the ten people killed in West Belfast shooting British soldiers in Palemurphy in August 1971 were “Completely innocent“.
Police Judge Siobhan Keegan attributed nine of the ten shootings to the British Army and said that the use of lethal force by soldiers was unjustified.
The original investigations into the Palmorphy deaths in 1972 reverted to open verdicts, and the bereaved families thereafter continued a long campaign for new investigations.
In Johnson’s case, he apologized for the killings that occurred in a private phone call with First Secretary Arlene Foster and Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill.
John Tegart, son of one of the 10 dead, said Johnson’s apology was not a public apology, describing it as “an insult to the families.”
The House of Commons heard last week that Johnson would write to the families in person to apologize, and he made a public statement on the matter earlier today before the prime minister’s questions.
Last week, an investigation found that Frances Quinn, Father Hugh Mullan, Noel Phillips, Joan Connolly, Daniel Tigart, Joseph Murphy, Edward Doherty, John Lafferty, Joseph Kaur and John McCurry, who were killed in Palemurphy in August 1971, were completely innocent ,” He said.
On behalf of successive governments, and to register on this council, I would like to express my regret to their families for the way in which the investigations and the pain they have endured since the start of their campaign five decades ago have been handled.
No apology, Mr. Speaker of Parliament, can ease their permanent pain. Hope they feel some comfort in the answers they got. And knowing that this has renewed this government’s determination to ensure that in the future other families can find answers with the least amount of trouble and delay.
Johnson concluded that he had held meetings with his ministerial colleagues on the issue earlier in the day and that there will be more of these meetings.
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