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Carrickmacross Town Council supports Eddie Fullerton inquiry demand

12 July, 2005

At last evenings (Monday) meeting of Carrickmacross Town Council the following motion in the name of the three Sinn Féin members was passed:

"That this council supports the ongoing call from the family of the late Councillor Eddie Fullerton, member of Buncrana Urban District Council and Donegal County Council, for a full independent public inquiry, chaired by a person of international repute into the circumstances surrounding his murder. Furthermore, we call on the Fianna Fáil / PD government to insist on full co-operation from the British authorities to assist the Fullerton family in their quest for truth and justice".

The council also agreed to forward a similar motion to the annual conference of the Association of Municipal Authorities for approval. When a vote took place the two Sinn Féin members present and the Independent chairperson voted in favour. The three Fianna Fáil members voted against and the two Fine Gael members abstained. The Chairperson's casting vote then saw the motion carried.

Speaking following the meeting Sinn Féin councillor Matt Carthy said:

"On one hand I am pleased that this motion was passed by Carrickmacross Town Council. However I am disappointed that the Fianna Fáil members voted against it. Eddie Fullerton was an elected representative who was murdered by a pro-British death squad and since his death there have been serious questions raised suggesting that the murder took place as a result of collusion between Unionists and British Intelligence. Critically there have also been allegations with regard to the role played by the Gardaí in the weeks leading up to his death and in the investigation that followed. There was no proper examination of the scene, crucial forensic evidence was never examined and key witnesses were not interviewed. Crucially, it has been known for some time now that three Gardaí, roundly discredited by the Morris Tribunal in recent months, were centrally involved in the flawed investigation into Eddie Fullerton's murder.

"This is a human rights issue. It is about the right of Eddie Fullerton's family to know the whole truth in relation to the incidents surrounding his murder. We will now start to press the case with other AMAI members to ensure that the Fullerton family will earn the support of that organisation in their quest for justice".


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