Responding to the announcement by Northern Ireland’s PPS, Deputy Martin
commented, “There will be a lot of families today extremely disappointed
following the publication of the PPS Report today, but they continue to show
“The PPS Report will have to be studied very carefully and today is not a day
for knee jerk reactions as it is crucial that legacy issues are dealt with in
detail by both the Irish and British governments.
“Since the murder of the 14 people in 1972 the journey to this point has been a
long and tortuous one. Indeed, it took
many years for the British government to eventually acknowledge state
involvement in any murders.
“This process has been very worthwhile so that the people who were murdered are
never forgotten and also to inform all people on this island of the bitter
history of Northern Ireland before the Good Friday Agreement was finalised in
“It is clear from what Mr Stephen Herron said that the PPS had difficulties
considering evidence that was not admissible due to the strict rules and he
also added that the rules on probability are greater than standard criminal
“This is why other mechanisms can assist the families if both governments could
agree to establish them.
“Notwithstanding the families’ inevitable disappointment today, the prosecution
of Soldier F is significant given the denial of the British government for many
“The families of the victims should be honoured for their determination,
dignity and continued bravery on behalf of those who were so brutally murdered
and they will continue to be supported.”