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Begley calls for truth and justice on Patsy Kelly's 44th anniversary

24 July, 2018 - by Órfhlaith Begley

Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has said it is deplorable that the family of Patsy Kelly, an independent nationalist councillor from Trillick are still being denied their right to truth and justice from the British state on the 44th anniversary of his murder.

The West Tyrone MP said:

“It has now been 44 years since Patsy was abducted and murdered. The Police Ombudsman said in August 2017 that he expected the investigation to be finished this year however they have now pushed this back another 12 to 18 months.

“In June, the Police Ombudsman’s office claimed they did not have the adequate resources to complete the investigation into the police conduct of Patsy Kelly’s murder investigation. This has highlighted the need once again for adequate funding and resources to be provided for legacy cases.

“The necessary resources must be made available to complete this investigation and the delays that have added to the family’s grief should stop. The family, at a minimum deserve, to know the truth.

“Following on from the Kelly family’s visit to 10 Downing Street and Westminster last year, I believe it is important that this denial of truth and justice be raised in Dublin. I have requested that the Kelly family have the opportunity to raise their case in Leinster House.”

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