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Poll: Should Dublin apologise for its role in the Troubles?

The Taoiseach is meeting with the relatives of victims of the Kingsmill Massacre this afternoon, which is expected to lead to renewed calls for an apology from the Irish government for its role in the conflict.

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THE TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny will this afternoon meet with the families of ten people murdered in the Kingsmill Massacre by the Provisional IRA in 1976.

Thirty-six years ago, ten Protestant men were shot dead, and another was seriously injured, near the village of Kingsmills in South Armagh when the bus they were travelling in was stopped by men wearing British Army uniforms apparently carrying out a routine search.

A report from the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team published last year found the Provisional IRA was responsible for the killings, and that the victims had been targeted solely based on their religion.

Kenny will meet with relatives of victims at Government Buildings later today – a meeting which is the result of a year-long campaign by victims’ families. He will also meet a delegation of IRA victims from border areas, led by Northern Ireland’s enterprise minister Arlene Foster of the DUP, next month.

The families of the ten victims have campaigned for a full public inquiry into the killings following last year’s report, and the upcoming meetings are expected to lead to renewed calls from the victims’ families for an apology from the Irish government for its role in the conflict.

We’d like to know what you think: should the Irish government apologise for its role in the Troubles?

Poll Results:

No (1496)
I don't know (1063)
Yes (460)

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