City Council to discuss massacre

Derry City Council is to debate a motion tomorrow calling for support for the families of the Ballymurphy massacre in Belfast in 1971.

Sinn Féin councillor Lynn Fleming tabled the motion calling on Council to support the families ahead of the 40th anniversary of the massacre in August.

Between August 9th and 11th 1971, members of the British army’s parachute regiment shot and killed eleven people, including a catholic priest.

Colr Fleming said she hoped the motion will be passed.

“The horrific catalogue of events in Ballymurphy between 9th and 11th August 1971 have remained hidden from public knowledge and focus for 40 years.

“The Ballymurphy massacre was six months before Bloody Sunday in Derry and was another striking example of the brutality with which the paras acted against the civilian population and how the British system then colluded in denying the families the truth.

“In the 36 hours after the introduction of internment in August 1971 eleven people - ten men, including a local priest, and a mother of eight children - were killed by the British Army’s Parachute Regiment in the Ballymurphy area.”

Determination

The former mayor also praised the commitment and determination of the Ballymurphy families in their campaign.

“The Sinn Féin motion which will go before Derry City Council this week will ask that the council commends the dignity and courage of the families of the Ballymurphy dead and wounded and supports them in their rightful request for truth.

“The issues of accountability, truth and justice are paramount for all those who were victims and survivors of the conflict.

“The British State must also recognize its role and acknowledge the part they played.”