Flanagan confirms Irish government co-operation in Kingsmill inquest

March 20, 2017

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister, Charlie Flanagan, has revealed the Irish government is in “direct contact” with coroner Brian Sherrard in relation to material it is being asked to provide for the Kingsmill inquest.

Mr Flanagan’s comments came in the wake of criticism levied at the Irish authorities by UUP chief negotiator Tom Elliott, who claimed that the level of Irish transparency had not come close to the amount of information the UK was preparing to provide on legacy cases.

Countering such criticism regarding Dublin’s co-operation with the inquest into the 1976 murder of 10 Protestant workmen near Kingsmill, South Armagh, Mr Flanagan said,

“The Irish authorities’ co-operation with the Northern Ireland coroner is part of an ongoing legal process and they remain in ongoing direct contact with the coroner to identify ways in which further support or assistance can be given to the inquest, in accordance with the law.”

The Foreign Affairs Minister added that in respect of the Northern Ireland coroner’s inquest into the murders at Kingsmill, “the government has been very clear about its willingness to assist the coroner in accordance with the law and has put in place explicit measures to facilitate the transfer of material,” and he confirmed that the transfers of relevant material to the coroner “has already taken place.”