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Kelly and Maskey meet Matt Baggott following his comments on McGurk’s bombing

4 March, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly, Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA’s Gerry Kelly and Alex Maskey this morning met with PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott on his comments after the release of the Police Ombudsman’s report into the investigation into the McGurks Bombing Massacre.

Speaking after the meeting north Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said;

“Matt Baggott’s comments following the release of the Ombudsman’s report, which identified investigative bias into the original RUC investigation of the McGurks Bar Massacre were unacceptable and deeply hurtful to the McGurks survivors and families of those killed.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott had the unprecedented opportunity to bring some closure to the families with the findings of the Ombudsman’s Report; instead he rejected it, causing deep hurt not only to the families involved but also to the wider community.

At the meeting with the Chief Constable we emphasised that it’s still not too late for him to show we are in a new departure in terms of policing. We urged him to engage with the families and to publicly admit the trauma hurt and wrongdoing inflicted upon the survivors of the McGurks and relatives of those who lost their lives.

What the families want is public exoneration and justice for their loved ones. Matt Baggott needs to work out, with the families, the best way he can do this publicly.

He agreed that he will engage further with the families and we urge him to do this as a matter of urgency. We made it clear that the HET is still live and he agreed.” CRÍOCH

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