Football commemoration of Loughinisland massacre welcomed by McLellan
Sinn Féin spokesperson on arts, heritage, tourism and sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has welcomed the decision of the Irish football team to wear black armbands for their clash with Italy tonight in commemoration of the Loughinisland massacre.
The massacre took place this day 18 years ago in the Co Down village when the loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), attacked a pub full of people watching the Ireland-Italy match during the 1994 World Cup.
Six people were murdered and five were wounded. No one has ever been charged with the killings and the families of the victims are still seeking confirmation of collusion between the RUC and the UVF.
“The wearing of the black armbands is a welcome move by the FAI. We must support the families of the victims of Loughinisland in their quest for truth and justice,” the Cork deputy said.
“Victims’ families have said that the anniversary of the massacre is always difficult but that this gesture will make this one easier. The FAI and UEFA are to be congratulated for their action.”