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British government denying truth to Loughgall families - Gildernew

9 July, 2014 - by Michelle Gildernew

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said the British Government is denying truth and justice to the families of those killed in the Loughgall massacre. 

Speaking after British secretary of state Theresa Villiers intervened to block inquests into the Loughgall massacre, the Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP said; 

"Theresa Villiers has written to Attorney General John Larkin blocking inquests into the Loughgall massacre on the spurious grounds of 'national security.'

"I agree with the Attorney General's description of this intervention as 'profoundly wrong.' 

"This is yet another example of the British government denying families the opportunity to get to the truth about the deaths of their loved ones. 

"Cabinet ministers in London are once again showing complete disregard for families and instead are focusing on protecting their own interests. 

"Once again this exposes the lie that the British government was not a protagonist in the conflict. 

"The British government is denying the families of those killed at Loughgall their basic human rights by blocking access to the truth.

"It also underscores the need for a genuine and meaningful way of dealing with the past. The British government had an opportunity to engage in that process by endorsing the Haass proposals and failed to do so."

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