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Minister for Justice still has questions to answer on Fullerton case

17 May, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today welcomed the fact that missing correspondence between the Irish and British Governments in relation to the review of the investigation into the 1991 assassination of Donegal County Councillor Eddie Fullerton by Loyalists had resurfaced after queries from Sinn Féin.

However Deputy Ó Snodaigh was also critical of the Minister for Justice for refusing to answer his other direct questions in relation to the case in the Dáil today.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "I welcome the news that a request for information and cooperation from the Irish to the British Government in relation to the assassination of Eddie Fullerton has now resurfaced following my having raised the matter with the Minister last month.

"However I am sure the Fullerton family will share my disappointment that the Minister for Justice refused to answer my other questions as to when the request was originally forwarded by the Irish Government and, now that it has been officially received, when we can expect a response from the British authorities.

"Eddie Fullerton was an elected representative of the Irish people. He was a well-known and well-respected County Councillor in Donegal. There are serious questions that need to be answered surrounding the circumstances of his assassination - not least the role British agents may have had in it and the manner in which the original investigation was carried out.

"It is therefore all the more unacceptable that the Minister for Justice today refused point blank to release the contents of the interim Garda report into that investigation, categorically stated that he will not publish the final report, and moreover that he refused to give a reason for this decision following a direct question from me. Such an attitude can only fuel public concern and suspicions about what the Irish and British authorities might have to hide in relation to this case."ENDS

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