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Time for further Investigation into RUC collusion in Co Down - Hazzard

19 July, 2016 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on the Police Ombudsman to investigate collusion between Loyalist murder gangs and the RUC in county Down in the 1990s. 

The South Down MLA said:

“Following the publication of the Police Omudsman’s report into the Loughinisland Massacre last month it has become evidently clear that a policy of collusion existed throughout county Down and leaves many local families seeking answers. 

“In recent days we have had the disturbing revelations that a local man only became aware of a UVF plot to kill him following the publication of the Loughinisland report nearly 30 years later - this is deeply distressing for both the individual concerned and the wider community. 

“We also have learned from the Loughinisland Report and subsequent commentary that state forces including the RUC and the UDR failed to effectively monitor and investigate the activities of loyalist murder gangs throughout the local area, leading ultimately to deadly attacks on The Theirafurth Inn, Kilcoo and The Heights Bar, Loughinisland. 

“It is now time for further investigations into the 1992 attack on the Theirafurth Inn; the families and survivors of this deadly attack deserve to have their questions answered and have the full support of the local community in their search for truth and justice.” 

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