Remembering today the deaths of Oglach Jim Bryson and Oglach Patrick Mulvenna who died on active service 31st August 1973 both volunteers were shot during gun battle from concealed British Army observation post while alighting from car, Ballymurphy Road, Ballymurphy, Belfast. Fuair siad bas ar son na saoirse na hEireann
- Oglach Patrick (Paddy) McAdorey 3rd batt PIRA – RIP (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Oglach Thomas McElwee 30/11/1957 – 8/8/1981 Died after 63 days on Hunger-Strike RIP (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Flag protester Jamie (Provo Bhoy) Bryson wants his bail conditions relexed !!! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Cuimhnigh linn Óglach Eamonn Bradley inniú. (rsfnational.wordpress.com)
- Cuimhnigh linn Óglach James Crossan inniú. (rsfnational.wordpress.com)
Campaign For A United Ireland‘s status update.
Campaign For A United Ireland
The Ballymurphy Massacre Committee is in receipt of a letter from the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) announcing that it has suspended its “reviews” of cases involving the British Army due to the damning report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). This acknowledgement by the State publicly and officially validates what the Ballymurphy families have been saying to each British Secretary of State as far back as Shaun Woodward–that the HET is not independent. Due to the great work by Dr. Patricia Lundy they are now having to listen and concede.
It is inexcusable in an environment that is claimed to be a democracy, that from August 1971 til the present day, there has never been an investigation into the murder of 11 innocent civilians from our neighborhood. Successive governments have ignored this atrocity and attempted to divert the cause of justice by offering only a desktop review of the 11 cases through the HET. With the HMIC condemning the HET policies and practices which their report refers to as “illegal,” the State has no excuse not to conduct a proper investigation.
As the HET letter to the Ballymurphy families indicates, there is now no mechanism through which the British State is dealing with Army murders in Ballymurphy. In the 40 year absence of any proper investigation, the Ballymurphy families have designed a formula to address this.
We now call for both the Irish and the British governments to respond immediately to the Ballymurphy Independent Panel proposal.
Ballymurphy Massacre Committee
(John Teggart 07512166867)
- Ballymurphy Massacre Support Group for the Truth !!! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- The Ballymurphy Massacre – the Victims !!! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
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In December, families handed in a petition to Downing street calling for an independent investigation into the killings.
John Teggart, whose father Danny died, said the families wanted a panel to look into the shootings.
He said an international figure could head the panel.
“It’s 40 years since my father was murdered in Ballymurphy. There’s been no police investigation. It needs to be independent. It needs to be done by the right people, in agreement with the families.
“To sort out and start talking about terms of reference we need to be sitting with the man who holds the power, that’s David Cameron.”
The families have previously called for an independent inquiry into the killings.
The victims, which included a priest and a mother-of-eight, were killed over the course of three days in August 1971 by members of the Parachute Regiment during Operation Demetrius, when people suspected of paramilitary activity were interned.
The Army said it opened fire in the Ballymurphy area in response to gunfire from republican paramilitaries.
The families said the decision by Mr Larkin was an important step in their ongoing campaign for justice but said their campaign for an independent investigation would continue.
The Northern Ireland Office has ruled out any public inquiry into the killings akin to the Bloody Sunday Tribunal.
The 10 people shot dead
- Fr Hugh Mullan
- Francis Quinn
- Daniel Teggart
- Joan Connolly
- Joseph Murphy
- Noel Phillips
- Edward Doherty
- John Laverty
- Joseph Corr
- John McKerr
Army shooting inquests welcomed 15 NOVEMBER 2011, NORTHERN IRELAND
Ballymurphy group meet Robinson 18 FEBRUARY 2011, NORTHERN IRELAND
Victims’ families lobby parties 16 NOVEMBER 2010, NORTHERN IRELAND
Church to report on 1971 killings 29 JULY 2010, NORTHERN IRELAND
MP calls for Ballymurphy inquiry 08 DECEMBER 2010, NORTHERN IRELAND
- Ballymurphy families claim soldiers admitted to firing on civilians – The Guardian (guardian.co.uk)
- Book Launch in Cork : relax lads..it’s about Ballymurphy ! (politics.ie)
- Ballymurphy Massacre probes hailed (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- New inquests into Ballymurphy deaths in 1971- FREE THE TRUTH ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Ballymurphy Massacare Support Group Donegal – Free the Truth ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)