News Letter
6 January 2012

ABOUT 40 people turned out on the 36th anniversary of the Kingsmills massacre yesterday at the same place the IRA murdered the 10 Protestant workmen.

The annual memorial, organised by south Armagh victims’ group Fair, was addressed by Pastor Barrie Halliday, Stormont minister and local MLA Danny Kennedy and FAIR director Willie Frazer.

“People want to know why we go on about Kingsmills,” Mr Halliday said. “But this was a very low chapter in this country’s history. During the Troubles people used machine guns in pubs and lobbed grenades into crowds. But on this occasion they lined them up and shot them and then to make sure they put a bullet in the back of their heads. This atrocity stands out in everything that was done during the Troubles.”

And Mr Halliday added: “We want to know the truth about what happened that night and we want justice. Why was nothing ever done about it? The politicians are sitting at ease with those who have knowledge about these murders.

“The Government could not see the finger in front of them. They put us under pressure. They kicked us, pushed us and trampled on us and all FAIR and the Kingsmills families have done is grown stronger together than ever.”

Mr Halliday yesterday launched an appeal for a permanent memorial at the site.

And he called for a Protestant clergyman to retract his claims that it was carried out in retaliation for murders of nationalists the day before. “We now know that Kingsmills was going to happen anyway,” Mr Halliday said. “We did not deserve Kingsmills.”

Mr Kennedy said he was 17 at the time of the murders and that he knew nine of the victims as they bought papers in his family’s newsagents. “They will never be forgotten,” he said. He is pressing for a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny about “the failure of Irish governments in allowing open access to the border for republicans to come and murder their fellow Irishmen”.

Mr Frazer named an individual yesterday he said was responsible for issuing the final bullets to the heads of the victims. The same man had used the same weapon to murder Mr Frazer’s father in 1975 as well as five men at Tullyvallen Orange Hall in the same year, he said. “We are not after revenge. We want justice,” he added.