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Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile welcomes Loughinisland families to Leinster House

12 December, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the families of the victims of the Loughinisland Massacre to Leinster House today for a special screening of the groundbreaking documentary ‘No Stone Unturned” which investigates the massacre at the Heights Bar In Loughinisland in 1994 and the collusion between the RUC and the UVF in carrying out the murders.

The screening will take place this evening at 7pm in the AV Room.

Speaking this afternoon Senator Ó Donnghaile said;

“I am happy to welcome the Loughinisland families here to Leinster House today and I would encourage TDs and Senators to come along and watch the film this evening.

“This is one of the issues at the heart of the current impasse that is holding up the efforts to get the Assembly back up and running.

“The refusal of the British Government to allow inquests into the deaths at Loughinisland, and other deaths, remains a significant stumbling block and must be dealt with.  And politicians in this state, particularly those who use this issue as a stick to beat Sinn Féin with, also have a responsibility to remind the British Government of their commitments in this regard.

“The Irish Government, as co-guarantors of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements, must raise this issue with the British Government.  I welcome Taoiseach Varadkar’s commitment last week that never again will an Irish Government leave Northern Nationalists behind but actions speak louder than words.

“I note the open letter from 200 prominent members of the Nationalist Community in the North which calls on An Taoiseach to protect the rights of all citizens in the North and I would hope that he will respond both positively and comprehensively.

“The film which we are screening this evening in Leinster House is by Oscar winning Director Alex Gibney.  It investigates the massacre at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland in 1994 and the collusion between the RUC and the UVF in carrying out the murders.

“The families of the victims are here with us in Leinster House today.  I hope politicians from all parties will come and meet with them and watch the film.”


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