DAVID Cameron has come under renewed pressure to meet relatives of 10 innocent workmen murdered by the IRA at Kingsmills in south Armagh in 1976.
Yesterday, South Antrim MP William McCrea asked the Prime Minister in Westminster if he would meet with the victims’ families, after they failed to receive a response from a request by First Minister Peter Robinson.
“The Prime Minister has met with the families of some of those people who were murdered during the Troubles and he has repeatedly stated his desire to be balanced,” said the DUP MP.
“In January Peter Robinson wrote to the Prime Minister requesting that Mr Cameron meet with the families of the 10 innocent workmen who were murdered by the IRA. To date there has been no response to this invitation and as such it was appropriate to request an assurance from him today in Parliament that he would meet with the families.”
Mr Cameron replied in the Commons that the massacre was “an appalling event in Northern Ireland’s history”.
He added: “I will arrange a meeting for the families with the Northern Ireland Secretary. If it is possible for me to attend I will do that as well.”
However Mr McCrea said afterwards that it is “disappointing” that Mr Cameron could not definitively state that he would meet the “still grieving relatives”. The DUP MP said it is “imperative” for the Prime Minister to meet them “to hear personally about their continued quest for justice”.
Colin Worton, whose older brother Kenneth was murdered at Kingsmills, wants to meet Mr Cameron.
“He has met others including the Finucane family,” he said. “The Taoiseach has also met the Finucanes and likewise has refused to meet us. All we want is equality.”
His aim is convictions of those responsible or that they would be “named and shamed”. The Historical Enquiries Team said the IRA was responsible for the “sectarian” murders but Sinn Fein has not accepted the finding.