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Michael Mansfield visits sites of Ballymurphy killings

John Monaghan

ONE of Britain's most high-profile lawyers has visited the locations where 11 people were killed by British soldiers in west Belfast in 1971.

Michael Mansfield QC was yesterday shown around the sites in Ballymurphy.

Ten people were killed after being shot by members of the British army's Parachute Regiment over a three-day period in the aftermath of the introduction of internment.

An eleventh victim died of a heart attack after a confrontation with members of the regiment.

The victims included a Catholic priest, Fr Hugh Mullan, and Joan Connolly, a mother-of-eight.

Mr Mansfield, who has represented numerous high-profile clients including the Birmingham Six and the family of Stephen Lawrence, was accompanied by solicitor Padraig O Muirigh and family members of those killed.

He has agreed to take part in an inquest due to take place into the deaths.

His visit to Ballymurphy came days after relatives walked out of a meeting with Secretary of State James Brokenshire following a row about the release of funding for Troubles-related inquests.

Solicitor Padraig O Muirigh (left) with Michael Mansfield QC and John Teggart, whose father was killed in Ballymurphy in 1971. Picture by Mal McCann

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