Celebrations in Ballymurphy after the coroner’s verdict totally exonerated the victims of the 1971 Ballymurphy Massacre
By Irish Echo Staff
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is planning a Webinar for this Saturday, May 15, to consider the verdict in the Ballymurphy Massacre case which was delivered by a coroner Tuesday.
AOH National Freedom for All Ireland Chairman Martin Galvin said: “The Ballymurphy Massacre families will give a special webinar briefing on the inquest verdicts in their fifty year fight for justice for 11 loved ones killed by British troopers, on Saturday May 15th.
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“Campaign leader John Teggart will be joined by two other Massacre victims’ relatives Briege Voyle and Carmel Quinn, as well as solicitor Paddy Murray. The Ancient Order of Hibernians will host the live zoom webinar briefing, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Time and 4 p.m. Irish time with Hibernians, Irish leaders and members of other Irish organizations across the United States joining live.
“Since August 1971 the Ballymurphy Massacre families maintained that 11 people, including Catholic priest Fr. Hugh Mullan, and mother of 8 children Joan Connolly were murdered over a three day period by British troopers.
“The British government justified each killing and exonerated its troopers with legal excuses that made each of the victims guilty. An eleventh victim, Paddy McCarthy, died of a heart attack caused by being brutalized.
“This May 15th briefing, arranged for family members to give their feelings about the verdicts, will now include their firsthand reaction to rumored amnesty or legacy whitewash proposals, timed to be announced on the same day in the British Queen’s speech.
“Irish leaders and members of Irish-American organizations including the Irish American Unity Conference, Brehons, Irish Northern Aid and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, have been invited to join and respond to the Massacre verdicts and any announced British amnesty, or legacy whitewash proposals.”
The Youtube link for the Webinar is https://youtu.be/jlsRj4mwI9k