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Authorities originally offered £350 in compensation for the death of Ballymurphy massacre victim

Janet Donnelly and Liam Quinn of the Ballymurphy Massacre families in Belfast yesterday. Picture by Hugh Russell.
Connla Young

THE daughter of a Ballymurphy massacre victim had revealed how authorities originally offered her mother just £350 in compensation for the death of her father.

Janet Donnelly was speaking after relatives of those killed yesterday secured undisclosed settlements in civil actions brought against the Ministry of Defence.

Her father Joseph Murphy was one of 10 people shot dead while an eleventh victim died from a heart attack after allegedly being put through the ordeal of a mock execution by British troops in August 1971.

Speaking to The Irish News last night, Ms Donnelly said her only regret was that he mother Mary, who died in 2016, was not present yesterday.

"It should have been my mummy there today, because of what my mummy went through with the original inquest and the way that they were treated at the original inquest," she said.

"It shows you the way things have changed, at the original inquest my mummy was offered £350 for herself and nine children and the case beforehand, it was a prize greyhound had been killed, knocked down in a road accident, and the owner of that dog was offered £700.

"To me my daddy is worth more than any animal, any dog and I would just have liked her to be here to see that."

He solicitor Gavin Booth, of Phoenix Law, said: "We welcome today's significant settlement to our clients family but would reiterate that no civil settlement will ever excuse the actions of the British army in the murder of our clients father at Ballymurphy in 1971.

"The family now await a decision from the PPS (Public Prosecution Service) on whether soldiers will be prosecuted."

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