McCartney welcomes decision on inquest for Thomas Friel
Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the decision by the Attorney General to hold another inquest into the death of Thomas Friel who was killed by a rubber bullet in 1973.
Mr McCartney said,
"There is no doubt that Thomas Friel was killed by a rubber bullet fired by the British army, however it is important that his family are given the truth about the circumstances of his death.
"I welcome the news today that a new inquest will be held into his death following work carried out by the Pat Finucane Centre that showed these weapons were not properly tested.
"It was obvious that rubber and plastic bullets were and remain lethal weapons given the fact that seventeen people died and hundreds have been seriously injured as a result of them. It is now time for the British Government to admit their responsibility in allowing these bullets to be deployed against the civilian population of the North.
"I would also call on the Attorney General to hold this inquest as soon as possible so that after forty years the family can get to the truth."