Witness At Ballymurphy Inquest Refuses To Answer Questions About His OIRA Past

Posted on September 11, 2019

Now a journalist and trade union activist, Pádraig Yeates, gave evidence about being caught up in the trouble during a visit to Belfast in 1971.
He confirmed to a barrister for the Ministry of Defence that he had been a member of the Official IRA.
He added he would not say more because he did not wish to incriminate himself.

The inquest is examining the deaths of 10 people in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast in August 1971.
Mr Yeates told the court he wrote a pamphlet entitled “The Battle of Belfast” in the days after his experiences in the city, a work he described in court as a “propaganda document”.
He was an organiser for the republican group Clann na hÉireann at the time and stayed at the home of a senior Official IRA member in the Whiterock area of west Belfast.

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