18 May 2017
DUP Leader Arlene Foster today accompanied familes of those murdered by the Provisional IRA in the Kingsmills massacre to court this morning as the inquest into the killings continued.
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister of Northern Ireland
Speaking afterwards Mrs Foster said, “The Kingsmills families have endured over forty years of trauma following the brutal sectarian murder of their loved ones by the Provisional IRA. Those who executed these men, did so in the name of a united Ireland. Such warped logic is exactly the same logic which is used by dissident republicans today.
The families deserve the truth about this horrific crime. The inquest process could help answer some of the families questions but they have been continually frustrated along that path, particularly for the release of files by the Irish government. Later this month it will be two years since Enda Kenny gave an undertaking that his government would cooperate fully and relevant documentation would be shared. The DUP has demanded full disclosure and transparency from the Irish government in the talks process and will persist when they resume.
I also plan to write to the Chief Constable to ascertain the instructions that are being given to the PSNI barrister and I am keen to know the extent of his remit. Concerns have been expressed to me about this matter, as the families were upset by the manner of his questions on Wednesday.
I will continue to stand in solidarity with the families in their campaign for truth and justice. They have shown incredible bravery and dignity right throughout the forty years. During that time their pain has not diminished nor has their wish to see justice served.”