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Magherafelt Council Chairperson hosts reception for families of British State collusion victims

14 March, 2005

The Chairperson of Magherafelt District Council, Patsy Groogan today hosted a reception for An Fhirinne, the campaign for truth on collusion at the Council Offices, Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt.

Speaking at the event, Cllr. Groogan said:

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome representatives of the campaign for truth on collusion, An Fhirinne to this reception in recognition of their campaign efforts. It is important that all those families affected by the policy of collusion have their voices and personal testimonies heard.

"Indeed many families in the Magherafelt District Council area have suffered directly as a result of the British state's policy of collusion between British intelligence agents, the RUC and unionist death squads over the past 30 years. Today, we especially remember two elected members of Magherafelt District Council, councillors John Davey and Bernard O'Hagan, who were murdered as a result of this policy, which ensured a most vicious onslaught against republicans and nationalists across south Derry and north Antrim in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"The families demand closure and peace of mind, and I pledge my support to the families in their search for truth and justice. We are mindful that many other families have suffered and lost loved ones, as a result of the conflict in the six-counties.

"There are people who do not want to contemplate or admit that the British Government were complicit in state sanctioned murder. It is important as we continue to move through a period of conflict resolution that the voices of all of those who suffered in any way are heard. The families of those murdered at the hands of the British state deserve to have their voices heard also.

"I assure everyone gathered here today of my continued support for your campaign for truth and justice." ENDS

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