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Begley requests meeting with Coveney on new revelations on Patsy Kelly murder

2 November, 2018 - by Órfhlaith Begley

Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley has requested a meeting with Tanáiste Simon Coveney to discuss revelations about the murder of Independent Nationalist Councillor Patsy Kelly in 1974.

Councillor Kelly was shot dead and his body dumped into a lough shortly after being stopped by a UDR patrol.

The West Tyrone MP said:

“An RTÉ Drivetime documentary has revealed new information tonight on the murder of Independent Nationalist Councillor, Patsy Kelly.

“Councillor Kelly’s family are shocked that it has only been revealed in recent weeks that ammunition was found at the lough where Patsy’s body was recovered.

“The bullets found were of the same calibre as those used in Patsy’s murder.

“It beggars belief that this information only came to light 44 years after Patsy’s murder as a result of a freedom of information request.

"Serious questions have been raised why the family have never been made aware of this before now despite five previous investigations.

"This highlights the ongoing obstruction of truth and justice by the British government and state agencies. From the outset the police investigation appeared to be botched with vital pieces of evidence and forensic opportunities not pursued.

"While this latest revelation only compounds the grief and trauma experienced by the Kelly family they remain committed to seeking the truth about the abduction and murder of a husband, father and community representative.

"I  have requested a meeting with Tanaiste, Simon Coveney to discuss the case and I hope that the Irish government will listen to the family in their quest for truth and justice.”

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