‘The innocent victims of Ballymurphy are no different from the innocent people of the IRA’
William, David Temple’s brother, was 16 when he exploded in the triple car bomb attack in the small village of Claudy on July 31, 1972, along with eight other people.
He was speaking after an investigation into the deadly three-day shooting in West Belfast in 1971 found that all the victims had been wrongfully killed.
All targets were civilian; a pub, a shop, a post office, a hotel.
He believes the police, the NIO and the Irish government all colluded to hush up the Claudy investigation over the long-suspected involvement of Father James Chesney – because if he was prosecuted authorities feared a wave of retaliation loyalists against innocent Catholic priests.
He told the News Letter that he felt for the families of those killed at Ballymurphy, saying: “These are innocent victims, just like the victims of Claudy; they just went about their daily business.
He added: “I always fight for Claudy and I want to see justice for these people too.
“We are the same as Ballymurphy’s. [We hope] victims have the chance to hear in court why their loved ones died. He has to get out.
“We will try to spend our day in court to find out why our loved ones were killed, why it was all covered up.
“We need justice – we need to get there too. I’m sorry for the people of Ballymurphy; the army was severe.
When asked if this would give a boost to his desire for justice, he replied, “Yes, yes: it will push me to get these things. Victims are victims. It doesn’t matter which side of the community you come from. “
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