Commissioner Meets McGurks Bar Group

Commissioner Judith Thompson recently met with family members of the civilians killed in the McGurks Bar atrocity which occurred on the 4th December 1971.

The family members are calling for the Commissioner’s support in their request for a new inquest.  The families presented the Commissioner with the latest evidence they have uncovered from British Army Headquarters that confirms that the bomb was planted in the entrance to the pub.

The families are also awaiting the outcome of a judicial review they have taken to have the Historical Enquiries Team report quashed.

The Commissioner said:

“the experience of the McGurks families exemplifies why we need to vigorously support the Lord Chief Justice in his proposals that would reasonably and practically address the backlog of legacy inquests and give families the information and proper processes they are entitled to.
The families’ tenacity in the pursuit of truth for their loved ones also demonstrates why we need the implementation of the legacy institutions as agreed in the Stormont House Agreement. It is a perverse injustice that these families continue to struggle for truth and accountability and I will continue to press this issue with the Executive, British and Irish governments”.