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Public inquiries to examine Ulster killings

The government will today announce full public inquiries into four of the most controversial murders of Northern Ireland’s 30-year dirty war. The inquiries – which will examine whether British security services colluded in the killings of two lawyers, a Catholic civilian and a loyalist paramilitary leader – will have the same powers as the long-running Bloody Sunday tribunal. But the government is expected to announce measures to cap the costs. The Bloody Sunday inquiry into the deaths of 14 civilians after a civil rights march in Derry in 1972 is forecast to cost £150m but could reach £250m by the time it reports next year. The Northern Ireland secretary, Paul Murphy, is expected to announce that three inquiries can begin almost immediately. The first will consider the killing of the Catholic Robert Hamill, who was kicked to death by a loyalist mob in Portadown in 1997 while RUC officers allegedly sat idly in a Land Rover yards away. Full Story

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