Loughinisland Report – Step change needed by Irish government – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called for a “step change in the Irish government’s approach to the failure of the British government to provide documentation in its possession in respect of state collusion and to hold the long promised inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane”.
Gerry Adams said:
“State collusion between British security agencies, the RUC and UDR and unionist paramilitary organisations is an established fact.
“I want to commend the courage of the families of the six men murdered at Loughinisland.
“Dr Michael Maguire’s report today acknowledges that the British state put the protection of informants before the lives of citizens. The Police Ombudsman says that he has ‘no hesitation in unambiguously determining that collusion is a significant feature of the Loughinisland murders’.
“The Ombudsman’s report also outlines the catalogue of collusion before and after the massacre. This includes:
· The importation of the weapons used in the murders. These weapons from South African sources were procured by British agents and brought into the north with the co-operation of British agents
· The Police Ombudsman found that two of the weapons connected to the Loughinisland attack were from this shipment.
· He also concluded that weapons from the shipment were also linked to ‘at least 70 murders and numerous other attempted murders’ by loyalist death squads.
· That RUC agents were directly involved in the planning of the killings
· That collusion between the RUC and UVF resulting in suspects being tipped off that they were to arrested
· That there was ‘catastrophic failures’ in the investigation of suspects.
· And it reveals that evidence relating to Loughinisland was destroyed by the RUC.
“Today’s report is just the latest exposing the depth of collusion involving British state forces and unionist paramilitaries.
“The Barron Commission investigation into the Dublin Monaghan bombs, which killed 34 citizens, and Kay’s Tavern in Dundalk confirmed it.
“All of this took place with the active collusion of British security agencies, including the RUC.
“This includes the fact that the British authorities knew that the weapons were held on the farm of former RUC reservist James Mitchell.
“It was from this farm that the Glenanne gang, which was responsible for the Dublin Monaghan bombings and for scores of other murders, operated. It is believed that this gang was involved in the murder of at least 120 people.
“A step change in the Irish government’s response to collusion is urgently needed. It needs to put in place a consistent strategic engagement with the British government.
“As a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Irish government must use all of the resources, all of its diplomatic services; its access to scores of international bodies it is a member of, including the United Nations, to exert pressure on the British government to open its books on collusion and to demand the establishment of the Pat Finucane Inquiry.”