Tóibín points fin­ger at IRA over Kingsmill mas­sacre

Irish Examiner - - News - Juno McEn­roe

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has said it is his un­der­stand­ing that the IRA was re­spon­si­ble for the Kingsmill mas­sacre in which 10 Protes­tant men were shot dead.

The re­marks come af­ter a week of anger and dis­tress for rel­a­tives of the vic­tims af­ter Sinn Féin MP Barry McEl­duff up­loaded a video on­line of him bal­anc­ing a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head, on the eve of the an­niver­sary of the mas­sacre.

Speak­ing to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ, Mr Tóibín said the shoot­ing dead of the men in Ar­magh 42 years ago was “shock­ing, de­spi­ca­ble, shame­ful, morally wrong”.

Their fam­i­lies de­served jus­tice, the Meath West TD stressed, and he be­lieved the IRA were the killers.

How­ever, Mr Tóibín also de­fended Mr McEl­duff.

“I know Barry,” he said. “He is a jovial, spon­ta­neous char­ac­ter and there isn’t a sec­tar­ian cell in his body what­so­ever. But I will say this; he did cause enor­mous hurt and pain to the Kingsmill fam­i­lies.

“He didn’t have the aware­ness that he should have had on an is­sue that was so grave to so many peo­ple.”

The MP has been sus­pended from Sin nFé in for three months.

When asked who was re­spon­si­ble for the killings, Mr Tóibín replied: “I don’t know. I imag­ine it was the IRA who car­ried it out. Any­body who knows any­thing about Kingsmill should give some­thing to the po­lice force in the North.

“Given that it hap­pened when I was two years old, it is im­pos­si­ble to know the ex­act de­tails of it. But my un­der­stand­ing is the IRA did it. It was a shock­ing, de­spi­ca­ble, shame­ful, mo rally wrong act to select in­di­vid­u­als on the ba­sis, non-com­bat­ants, on the ba­sis of their re­li­gion and to kill them as a re­sult.

“The fam­i­lies of Kingsmill de­serve jus­tice and they de­serve to be able to pur­sue jus­tice to the per­pe­tra­tors of that act.”

Peadar Tóibín: ‘I imag­ine it was the IRA who car­ried it out.’

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