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Morris Tribunal proves beyond doubt the need for a public inquiry into the killing of Donegal Councillor

15 June, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has written to the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern calling for a full public independent inquiry into the killing of Donegal County Councillor Eddie Fullerton in 1991. Mr. Adams was highly critical of the refusal of the Irish government, in 2002, to extend the terms of reference of the Morris Tribunal given that the same individuals being investigated by the Morris Tribunal at that time also had huge questions to answer in relation to their role in the investigation into the murder of Eddie Fullerton.

Mr. Adams will be in Dublin on Friday at 1pm to attend a protest at the Dáil to co-incide with the debate on the Morris Tribunal.

Mr. Adams said:

"It has been known for many years that some of those Gardaí now discredited by the Morris Tribunal were centrally involved in the totally flawed investigation into the murder of Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton in 1991.

"The killing was claimed by the UFF amid allegations that it had taken place as a result of collusion with British Intelligence. There was also widespread concern at the role of the Gardaí in the weeks leading up to Eddie's murder and in the subsequent investigation. There was no proper examination of the scene, crucial forensic evidence was never examined and key witnesses were not interviewed.

"In March 2002, I wrote to the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern asking for the terms of reference of the Morris Tribunal to be extended to include the murder of Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton.

"This request was dismissed in a letter from the Justice Minister Michael McDowell who said 'it would not be appropriate to bring an entirely separate matter within the remit of the Inquiry'. Minister McDowell's response ignored the fact that the same individuals being investigated by the Morris Tribunal at that time also had huge questions to answer in relation to their role in the investigation into the murder of Eddie Fullerton.

"It is a disgrace that for fourteen years now the government have failed to treat the murder of an elected representative with the seriousness that it deserves. They have failed to support the family in its search for the truth.

"The Morris Tribunal's exposure of the actions of Gardaí in Donegal highlights the urgent need for a full independent, public inquiry, that can uncover the truth not only behind the Fullerton murder, but also examine the role the Gardaí played in the flawed investigation that followed." ENDS

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