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Ruane expresses outrage at PPS refusal not to proceed with Loughinisland prosecutions

24 November, 2010 - by Caitríona Ruane

South Down Sinn Féin Assembly Member, Caitríona Ruane, has expressed her outrage and disappointment at the decision by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) not to prosecute a member of the PSNI over his alleged involvement in the 1994 Loughinisland Pub Massacre.

Ms Ruane said: “The decision by the PPS not to proceed with prosecutions, on the back of the damning inquiry into the Loughinisland massacre, is nothing short of scandalous and will come as a major blow to the families who have campaigned tirelessly for justice. I was with the families last week at a meeting with the PPS.

“The loss of life that occurred in the Height’s Bar exposed serious flaws in the RUC’s original ‘investigation’ and there is no doubt in my mind that many of the UVF gang involved in this gun attack were colluding directly with Special Branch. “The Police Ombudsman’s Report into the massacre must be published without delay and the PSNI clearly have serious questions to answer. The families of those who died on that terrible day deserve truth and justice and Sinn Féin will continue to support the families and their legal team's clearly defined strategy and in their efforts to bring closure on what was an horrendous crime.” CRÍOCH

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