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Irish Government assistance for Louginisland families in their search for

2 December, 2006


Sinn Féin MLA for South Down Caitriona Ruane has welcomed the Irish
Government's continued assistance for the families of those murdered in
Loughinisland in 1994. Ms Ruane made her comments after emerging from a
meeting alongside members of the Loughinisland Justice Group, with Irish
Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern in Dundalk.

Speaking afterwards Ms Ruane said:

"This afternoon's meeting with Minister Ahern was an opportunity for the
families of the six men murdered in Louginisland in 1994 to update and brief
him on recent developments in the case.

"In particular, the families updated him on the status of their complaint to
the Police Ombudsman in relation to the role of police informers in the
murders, the failure of the police to investigate the atrocity and bring the
murderers before a court and the subsequent behaviour of the RUC and PSNI.
They also provided a number of questions which they want the Irish
government to seek answers to in their dialogue with the British government.

"The Loughinisland families have waited patiently for both justice and
closure over this past 12 years and very many serious questions remain
unanswered.

"This afternoon's meeting was very positive and I welcome the commitment
given by the Minister that the Irish government will continue to assist the
Loughinisland families in whatever way possible in the coming period." ENDS

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