Northern Ireland – yet another witch-hunt

There are reports today that a new probe has been launched into all 302 killings by British troops in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

Around 1,000 former servicemen, many now in their 60s and 70s, will have their actions brought under scrutiny in the legal inquiry.

The 238 ‘fatal incidents’, which involved the deaths of 302 people, are being investigated by the newly-created Legacy Investigations Branch of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The is yet another witch-hunt.

The MoD’s failure to support those facing judicial process has to be taken seriously now.

We have campaigned since November last year to put in place a framework of support.  We have had a Select Defence Sub Committee Inquiry into this yet still the MoD sits in its ivory tower.

Whether it is Iraq, Afghanistan or this latest Northern Ireland probe, we must not betray the brave men and women who serve our country.

Our troops need protecting and it needs to happen right now.

Hilary Meredith