Elaine Byrne: Ballymurphy shows us the power of the past can never be dismissed

Last week's verdict that the ten people killed by the British Army in August 1971 were innocent of wrongdoing was a reminder that in the North, some things just don’t go away

16th May, 2021
Elaine Byrne: Ballymurphy shows us the power of the past can never be dismissed
'For half a century, the Ballymurphy families have had to persevere in their campaign for justice against a mindset – on both sides of the border, and across the Irish Sea – that told them the past was not important any more.’ Picture: PA

The past matters because the truth matters. After 50 years, the Northern Ireland coroner ruled last week that the ten people killed during a 1971 British army operation in Ballymurphy in west Belfast were “entirely innocent of any wrongdoing”.

Mrs Justice Siobhán Keegan said the ten were unarmed, innocent civilians who were “not acting in any way as a threat”. Nine were killed by soldiers from the Parachute Regiment, a regiment which used “unjustified force”...

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