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Imagine you wanted to destroy the record of the UK’s response to the Troubles.More than 100,000 soldiers served in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner. Hundreds of thousands more ex servicemen and women who did not spend time in the Province support those who did. And tens of millions of people across the UK intuitively feel solidarity with veterans.
Counsel for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in turn challenged the Provisional IRA to come forward and explain its movements in the area at the time.
Ten people, including a priest and a mother of eight, were killed in disputed circumstances over the course of three days between August 9-August 11, 1971.
They are Father Hugh Mullan, 38, Francis Quinn, 19, Daniel Teggart, 44, Joan Connolly, 44, Noel Phillips, 19, Joseph Murphy, 41, John Laverty, 20, Joseph Corr, 43, Edward Doherty, 31, and John McKerr, 49.
The shootings came during a chaotic time after the introduction of the controversial policy of internment without trial by the then Stormont administration sparked rioting across Northern Ireland.
Two men charged over death of Kenny Reilly
Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a man who was shot while sat in his car at traffic lights. Kenny Reilly, 29, was allegedly targeted while in the passenger seat of a silver BMW at traffic lights in the north of Glasgow on April 16 last year. He died in hospital two days later. In April this year, Crimestoppers put up a £10,000 reward for any information that led to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder. Police Scotland said two men - aged 28 and 53 - have been arrested and charged in connection with the death.
Fresh inquests have been taking place into the deaths at Belfast Coroner's Court over the last 13 months.
Lawyers for the families of the 10 victims have described to proceedings before Presiding Coroner Mrs Justice Keegan how each were innocent and unarmed.
They contend that they were all killed "unjustifiably" by soldiers and urged that in the findings, allegations they had been armed or attacking soldiers are refuted and their names are cleared.
Counsel for the MoD have insisted soldiers were returning fire during the incidents at four of the different locations across the three days.
In relation to the death of Mr McKerr, the lawyer said the circumstances around the killing "cannot be established" due to "insufficient evidence".
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The Parachute Regiment had been based at Vere Foster school and Henry Taggart hall in the Ballymurphy area at the time.
A large number of former soldiers have given evidence to the long running inquests, however only one has said he opened fire.
Claims were also heard that the IRA and loyalist gunmen were active in the area at the time.
A UVF interlocutor was appointed for the inquests, but did not give evidence.
During closing submissions at Belfast Coroner's Court on Monday, Michael Mansfield QC urged any surviving former soldiers who opened fire to examine their conscience and come forward, adding: "It is not too late to tell the truth".
Meanwhile Peter Coll QC for the MoD, challenged the IRA to explain its actions.
"No member of that organisation has come forward to give evidence," he said.
"IRA volunteers were responsible for firing on Henry Taggart hall ... their attack provides the context."
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A British Airways passenger was restrained in her seat after assaulting crew members, insulting passengers and smashing crockery when she was refused alcohol. Emma Langford, 47, repeatedly hit staff during the 11-and-a-half hour flight from London to Cape Town in South Africa after she was told she would not get a drink. A cabin crew manager said in a statement the mum-of-two 'smelt of alcohol' and 'puffed her chest out' before starting to punchEmma Langford, 47, repeatedly hit staff during the 11-and-a-half hour flight from London to Cape Town in South Africa after she was told she would not get a drink.
The killing of the 10 were examined in five separate incidents.
Mr Coll on behalf of the MoD expressed "sincere condolences" to the families.
Making final submissions for incident two relating to the deaths of Mr Phillips and Mr Teggart who were among four shot close to the Henry Taggart hall, Mr Mansfield urged any former soldiers who fired shots to come forward.
He said the "real pain is that still being felt is the failure by those responsible for the killings to admit either then or now the enormity of what they did".
"It's still not too late ... for those who were actually responsible for the pulling of the trigger - they can't all be dead - ... to tell the truth," he said.
"We would ask even at this 11th hour the examining of a conscience if one is prepared to do it."
Mrs Justice Keegan is set to make findings at a later date.
Fourth man in court charged with murder over Glasgow shooting at traffic lights .
A fourth man has appeared in court charged with murder over the alleged shooting of a man who was sitting in his car at traffic lights in Glasgow. © Provided by The Scotsman Kenny Reilly was in the passenger seat of a silver BMW in the city's north on 16 April last year when the incident took place.The 29-year-old was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, but died two days later after being taken off life support.READ MORE: Fundraising page set up for hero who tackled London Bridge terroristJohn Kennedy was charged with Mr Reilly's murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.