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Loughinisland families entitled to justice - Hazzard

16 June, 2014 - by Chris Hazzard


Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the relatives of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre are entitled to know the truth about the death of their loved ones. 

Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre in which six men were shot dead by loyalists while watching Ireland play in the World Cup, the South Down MLA said; 

"On June 18, 1994, loyalist gunmen burst into the Heights Bar in Loughinisland and indiscriminately opened fire killing six men who were watching Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. 

"This disgraceful attack not only shocked people in the local area, but throughout Ireland and across the world. 

"To compound the awful brutality of the attack, it soon emerged that the UVF gunmen responsible for the murders were linked to British security forces.

"There was clear collusion in the planning and carrying out of the attack. The RUC also attempted to deny justice to the relatives of those killed by destroying evidence and covering up the truth. 

"Twenty years on the families are still campaigning for truth and are still being frustrated. 

"The families took their concerns to the Police Ombudsman in 2006 and, despite the publication of the Ombudsman's report in 2011, they still have not got to the truth. 

"In fact, the Police Ombudsman has now been forced to take legal action against the PSNI over withholding information on 60 killings, including the Loughinisland massacre. 

"The families of those killed at Loughinisland deserve justice and we will continue to support them in their campaign."


Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the relatives of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre are entitled to know the truth about the death of their loved ones. 

Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre in which six men were shot dead by loyalists while watching Ireland play in the World Cup, the South Down MLA said; 

"On June 18, 1994, loyalist gunmen burst into the Heights Bar in Loughinisland and indiscriminately opened fire killing six men who were watching Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. 

"This disgraceful attack not only shocked people in the local area, but throughout Ireland and across the world. 

"To compound the awful brutality of the attack, it soon emerged that the UVF gunmen responsible for the murders were linked to British security forces.

"There was clear collusion in the planning and carrying out of the attack. The RUC also attempted to deny justice to the relatives of those killed by destroying evidence and covering up the truth. 

"Twenty years on the families are still campaigning for truth and are still being frustrated. 

"The families took their concerns to the Police Ombudsman in 2006 and, despite the publication of the Ombudsman's report in 2011, they still have not got to the truth. 

"In fact, the Police Ombudsman has now been forced to take legal action against the PSNI over withholding information on 60 killings, including the Loughinisland massacre. 

"The families of those killed at Loughinisland deserve justice and we will continue to support them in their campaign."

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