For more than 39 years the sole survivor of the 1976 Kingsmills IRA massacre, Alan Black and the families of the 10 workmen murdered have suffered much pain and anguish from the harrowing effects of what was one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles.
I am glad that the Irish government may at last be willing to recognise this pain and trauma and are now prepared to listen and empathise with the still grieving families.
The visit to Bessbrook on Thursday by the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny to meet the families is a very positive move.
Intelligence is available to the Dublin authorities from the period of the mid-1970s IRA terrorist campaign and I hope that this will be used to try and pursue prosecutions against those who carried out this terrible deed.
My party colleague Danny Kennedy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Kingsmills families and I commend him on the initiative in persuading Enda Kenny to come to Bessbrook for the face-face-face meeting with the families.
MEP, Ulster Unionist Party