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O'Dowd welcomes Court of Appeal decision on Michael Tighe killing

10 September, 2014 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to outline why the conviction of a Lurgan man, Martin McCauley, who was shot by the RUC in 1982, was quashed.

Speaking today Mr O’Dowd said the explanation by the Court highlights the need for an inquest into the death of Michael Tighe who was shot dead by the RUC.

“The information provided by the Court of Appeal today is an indictment on the RUC right to the highest levels.

“It points very clearly to a policy of cover up which surrounded shoot-to-kill incidents.

“The RUC had no other intention but to enter that hay shed and shoot two innocent young boys, killing Michael Tighe and wounding Martin McCauley.

“These were 17-year-old schoolboys.

“The fact those involved were directed by senior officers to lie to investigation teams highlights the absolute need for an inquest to be held into the killing of Micheal Tighe.

“Thirty two years on and no inquest has been held into his death or the deaths of five other men who lost their lives in a series of shoot-to-kill operations carried out by the RUC in Armagh in 1982.

“It's time the families are allowed access to the truth about the deaths of their loved ones and full inquests are held.

“We will continue to support families in their campaign for truth." 

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