‘Loughinisland anniversary a reminder that British government is in default of its obligations’- Rogan
Twenty-five years on from the Loughinisland massacre, it is time for the British Government to honour its obligations and implement the legacy mechanisms of the Stormont House Agreement, Sinn Féin MLA Emma Rogan has said.
Speaking on the anniversary of the atrocity, the South Down MLA, whose father Adrian Rogan was killed in the attack, reiterated the need for the legacy bodies to be established in a human rights compliant manner and with proper funding in place so that all families can get truth and justice.
“The British government needs to honour its human rights and legacy obligations. The mechanisms to deal with the past and provide the families of those bereaved with a process of truth recovery were agreed at Stormont House,” Emma Rogan said.
“It has been 25 years since my dad went to watch Ireland play Italy in a televised World Cup game. That night he and five others, Patrick O’Hare, Eamon Byrne, Malcolm Jenkinson, Daniel McCreanor and Barney Green were murdered and five others injured by a UVF gang who burst into the Heights Bar and opened fire.
“I and the Loughinisland Justice Group have campaigned for many years against state collusion and for truth and justice for our loved ones.
“Now thanks to our campaigning and the award-winning documentary, 'No Stone Unturned' the depth of collusion, the cover-ups, the failed investigations and continued attempts to hide the truth are now known.
"We now need justice and accountability from those in authority. This undignified denial of truth must end immediately. The British government must move now to implement the legacy bodies and bring this injustice to an end.”