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Concern at possible delay in Nelson Inquiry

14 March, 2011 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA for Upper Bann John O’Dowd has raised concerns that the findings from the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry could be delayed until after the May 5th elections. The British Secretary of State, Owen Patterson, had initially stated that the report would be released by the end of April 2011.

Speaking today Mr O’Dowd said:

“There are concerns being raised that the inquiry into the murder of prominent human rights solicitor Rosemary Nelson could be delayed until after the May the 5th elections.

“My understanding is that Owen Patterson has requested that the Inquiry team retain the report until after the Assembly election. Given that the Assembly has no bearing on this report this appears to be yet another undue delay which is wholly unacceptable.

“Election or no election this report should be published at the end of April as was originally outlined and should not be delayed. The family of Ms Nelson should be allowed to see this report at the earliest date and it should then be released to the public"

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