Troubles documents ‘will become easier to access’

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A new process providing easier access to historic court documents on dozens of Troubles killings will help families find closure, the Culture Minister has claimed.

Caral Ni Chuilin, who is responsible for the Public Records Office, said individuals would no longer have to rely on Freedom of Information legislation to view the previously unseen papers.

The minister said: “In my view, this new process will help families obtain more information in a timely manner and potentially assist them with finding closure.”

Under the new system, families will contact the PRONI (Public Records Office Northern Ireland) outlining which records they require.

However, relatives or their representatives will also be asked to sign an undertaking, agreeing not to publish the information.

The PRONI archive includes documents from dozens of inquests into controversial killings.

Around 9,000 files of court records covering the years 1970 to 1982 are being prepared by PRONI and will be added to the catalogue later this year.