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SF Assembly Member seeks update into Loughinisland investigation

6 August, 2007

Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down Caitríona Ruane has written to the outgoing Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan requesting an update into the investigation into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre.

Ms Ruane said:

"I have formally requested an immediate update from the Police Ombudsman Office who are currently carrying out an investigation into the 1994 Height's Bar shooting in Loughinisland which left six people dead.

"Sinn Féin will support the families in their campaign for justice - the role of the British State must be exposed.

"For 13 years the families of the six men killed by the UVF at Loughinisland have patiently waited for justice. As the years have passed, the families have raised serious questions about the murders and specifically the subsequent investigation into it. It is important that we unearth the truth about what happened.

"The people who died in Loughinisland in 1994 were victims of the British Government's dirty war in Ireland. At least one British agent was directly involved in the murders and the search for truth and justice must continue. This is a priority issue for Sinn Féin.

"Next Sunday, 12 August, people from all over Ireland will attend a rally at the City Hall under the banner 'March for Truth' and I would urge people to attend this event.

"The British government need to realise that issue of collusion will not go away. The killings at Loughinisland had a deep and lasting impact on people across this island and the subsequent revelations of British involvement and cover-up surprised no one." ENDS

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