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Minister fails to provide answers for Loughinisland families

8 January, 2007

Speaking after accompanying the families of those killed at Loughinisland to a meeting with the British Security Minister Paul Goggins, Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down Caitriona Ruane said that the Minister 'provided few answers for the families'.

Ms Ruane said:

"Today's meeting was the latest in a series of engagements carried out by
the Loughinisland families in their search for the truth.

"I have to say that today's meeting while cordial and businesslike provided
few answers for the families. The British Minister instead of providing
answers which he undoubtedly could have, choose to hide behind the excuse of
PSNI operational reasons when dealing with specific questions from the

"These families have heard all of these excuses before. They are determined
that their search for the truth will not be derailed by elements within the
British system who it has become increasingly clear were involved in both
the original murders and the subsequent failed RUC and PSNI investigation."

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