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Ó Donnghaile calls for minister to address Seanad on Loughinisland collusion report

16 June, 2016 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called for minister Charlie Flanagan to come before the Seanad to discuss the Police Ombudsman's report which confirmed collusion in the 1994 Loughinisland massacre. 

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said; 

"I called today for minister Charlie Flanagan to come to the Seanad to discuss the damning report published by the Police Ombudsman last week which confirmed there had been collusion in the Loughinisland massacre. 

"The families of those murdered at Loughinisland have faced obstacles and obstruction, but the report published by Dr Maguire validates their stand and confirms what many of us knew, that it was a clear case of collusion.  

"It is incumbent on the Irish Government not just as a body that upholds the rights of Irish citizens, but also as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, to take a clear, strong stand on the policy of the British Government to use national security as a veto to obstruct dealing with the legacy of the past.

"This does not just apply to Loughinisland but also to the killing of Pat Finucane and any investigation of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. 

"It is important we hear from Minister Flanagan what he can do to maintain the pressure and ensure this veto is challenged."

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