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Simon Coveney: Troubles-linked inquests must begin soon

Foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney yesterday met the families of those killed in Ballymurphy in 1971. File picture by Hugh Russell

ALL outstanding Troubles-linked inquests should go ahead without delay, the Republic's foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney has said.

The minister was speaking following a meeting with the families of those killed in Ballymurphy in 1971.

Mr Coveney welcomed that a fresh inquest into the killings will go ahead in September next year.

"I hope that the inquest next year will provide the families with the answers that they are still seeking after 46 years," he said.

In February last year the Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said the remaining legacy inquests could be dealt with in five years if he received the necessary funding.

Mr Coveney said Sir Declan's proposals must be implemented.

"This must be achieved in the period ahead," he said.

In a statement, the Ballymurphy families thanked Mr Coveney for his support.

"The minister was very moved by the personal stories the families told (and) he was in agreement with families around funding of legacy inquests," they said.

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