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Kelly calls on Matt Baggott to meet McGurk Families

21 February, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Fein North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has called on PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggot to immediately meet with the families of those killed and survivors of the McGurk's Bar bombing in December 1971.

Mr Kelly's comments come after remarks made by Matt Baggott on the media this evening.

Gerry Kelly said;

"I attended today's launch of the Ombudsman's report into the McGurk's Bar massacre - which formally vindicated the victims and survivors after the long campaign for justice.

Within his findings the Ombudsman called on the Chief Constable to "acknowledge the enduring pain caused to the families by the actions of the police following the atrocity."

Instead of taking this opportunity to apologise for the failed investigations; for the deliberate propagation of the lie that the IRA were responsible for the bombing or for the fact that no subsequent Chief Constable has addressed the erroneous accusations against the victims, Matt Baggott used his response to tell families "there appear to be no further investigative opportunities available to them."

What the families deserved from the Chief Constable today was an apology. What the got was a Chief Constable trying to defend the indefensible in refusing to accept the evidence of investigative bias by the RUC.

After reading Matt Baggott's press release and speaking with him over the phone this evening I am convinced that he has failed the families who have suffered so much already.

I have asked the Chief Constable to immediately meet with the families and survivors to hear their position directly." CRIOCH

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