Willie Frazer to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Loyalist victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer will urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to hand over documents relating to the Kingsmill killings at a meeting due to be held in Armagh later today.
Mr Frazer last night confirmed that he and some relatives of ten Protestant men shot dead in south Armagh in January 1976 will attend a meeting which he said has been organised by the DUP.
The men were killed when the minibus they were travelling in was stopped near Kingsmill in south Armagh as they made their way home from work.
The attack was later claimed by the South Armagh Republican Action Force but is widely believed to have been carried out by the Provisional IRA.
Earlier this month Mr Frazer said that a Love Ulster style ‘Victims March for Justice' has been organised to put pressure on the Irish government to hand over documents to the Kingsmill inquest.
Mr Frazer was behind the ‘Love Ulster’ rally through Dublin in 2006 which was abandoned after rioting broke out following clashes between republican protesters and the gardaí, leading to 14 arrests and 41 injuries.
A similar protest parade was planned in 2007 but was called off after Mr Frazer met with then Irish foreign affairs minister Dermot Ahern and DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson.
He said he has already met with gardai to discuss another parade and is planning another meeting in the coming weeks.
“It’s not an issue of parading through Dublin," he said.
“But an issue of a lack of willingness with the Irish government to facilitate closure for Protestants around the border,” he said.
“If it had not been for the Irish state the IRA could not have operated around south Armagh, not to the extent they did.”
Mr Frazer said the Irish government should co-operate with the inquest.
“Hopefully they will see sense, he said.
“I don’t think we are being unrealistic in what we are asking for.”
Mr Frazer said he has also compiled a dossier detailing 150 killings which he says were launched from south of the border between 1973 and 1989.