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Loughinisland Murders - British Involvement and Cover-up

15 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down Caitriona Ruane this morning attended a press conference being held by the families of those murdered at Loughinisland 12 years ago. Ms Ruane pledged Sinn Féin’s continuing support to the families in their campaign for justice and said that as the months go by the role of British State agents in the murders was becoming clearer and the investigation by the RUC appeared more like a cover-up than an effort to arrest those responsible.

Speaking after the press conference Ms Ruane said:

“For 12 years the families of the six men killed by the UVF at Loughinisland have patiently waited for justice. As the years have gone on the families have began to raise serious questions about the murders and specifically the subsequent investigation into it.

“It has now emerged that:

  • A British Agent has admitted supplying the car used in murders
  • The car used by the murderers to get away has subsequently been destroyed by the investigating team
  • A hair follicle was found on one of the balaclavas - yet nobody has been charged
  • At least one of the weapons used was imported from South Africa by British Agent Brian Nelson
  • The PSNI have consistently refused to answer questions from the families preferring to hide behind the Official Secrets Act

“This situation is disgraceful and goes to the very heart of the British systems involvement in Ireland. At least one British agent was directly involved in the murders and that the subsequent investigation by both the PSNI and RUC has been more of a cover-up than anything else.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the families of those murdered at Loughinisland in their campaign for the truth about what happened on that night 12 years ago. The British government need to realise that issue will not go away. The killings at Loughinisland had a deep impact on people across this island and the revelations of British involvement and cover-up will provoke much anger. Sinn Féin will be raising these revelations with the both the British and Irish governments.” ENDS

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