Nine legacy inquests to be listed in year three of five-year plan

Nine legacy inquests to be listed in year three of five-year plan

Nine inquests will be listed in the third year of Northern Ireland’s five-year plan to clear the entire backlog of Troubles-era cases, the presiding coroner has announced.

Mr Justice Humphreys conducted a review of all legacy inquests where a coroner has not yet been appointed at the end of February and beginning of March.

“As work continues on the Year 1 and 2 cases, it is important that I identify at this stage, cases that will proceed in Year 3 to allow the necessary preparatory work to commence,” he said.

“The current state of readiness has been the main factor in determining which inquests can be listed in Year 3. I have however taken into account all submissions made to me during the review process.”

He said the following inquests had been identified as suitable for listing in Year 3:

  1. Kevin McKearney & John McKearney and Charles Fox & Teresa Fox (linked);
  2. Patrick Duffy;
  3. Francis Bradley;
  4. Alexander Patterson;
  5. Clonoe incident – Patrick Vincent, Sean O’Farrell, Peter Clancy & Kevin O’Donnell;
  6. Gerard Slane & Terence McDaid (linked);
  7. Joseph Campbell;
  8. Raymond McCord;
  9. Liam Paul Thompson.

Mr Justice Humphreys concluded: “The parties will be notified when coroners have been appointed in these inquests and they will now be case managed to hearing.”

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