NI Secretary Brandon Lewis expected to make statement about Ballymurphy in parliament

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis is expected to make a statement today in parliament later about the 1971 Ballymurphy shootings.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 10:32 am

This week an inquest found that 10 people who were shot in west Belfast in the wake of an Army operation were innocent.

And on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Boris Johnson said the prime minister “apologised unreservedly” for the events around the killings.

But some families have criticised his statement.

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Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

On Wednesday, Downing Street said Mr Johnson described the shootings as “tragic” during a phone call with NI First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.

Briege Voyle, whose mother Joan Connolly was among the dead, said the prime minister’s apology “means nothing”.

She said it would have been “more respectful” for Boris Johnson to have made a statement in parliament.

“To do it this way is just trying to push it under the carpet,” she said.

John Teggart, son of victim Danny Teggart, described Mr Johnson’s comment as an “insult to the families” as it was made to third parties.

“This is not an apology to us”, he added.