Martin and Johnson discuss Ballymurphy coroner's report

Martin and Johnson discuss Ballymurphy coroner's report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Taoiseach Micheal Martin ahead of a meeting at Hillsborough Castle during the Prime Minister's visit to Belfast.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have discussed the coroner’s report into the Ballymurphy massacre published this week.

After the meeting a Downing Street spokesperson said Mr Johnson had restated the UK Government’s commitment to finding a way forward in Northern Ireland that delivers for victims, aids truth recovery and helps communities in the future.

"They agreed it was profoundly sad that the families of victims had to wait so long for the truth," a spokesperson said.

The future relationship between the UK and Ireland was also discussed including further collaboration on science and technology, fighting climate change and cultural endeavours.

“They agreed on the importance of working together to uphold the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and to maintain smooth trade between Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

“The leaders resolved to continue to work together in our fight against coronavirus and to closely share information in order to enable a better recovery.”

Brexit and the Northern Irish protocol were also on the agenda for today’s meeting at Mr Johnson's Chequers estate in Buckinghamshire.

Amid rising tensions in the North and increased unionist opposition to the protocol, the first meeting of the leaders since last August is significant.

The Irish Government in recent days has reiterated its stance that it stands in solidarity with the relatives of the ten innocent people killed in Ballymurphy in 1971.

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