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British Advocate General must order inquest in Loughgall ambush

5 September, 2014 - by Michelle Gildernew

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said that any inquest into the Loughgall ambush must have full disclosure from the British Government.

 Ms. Gildernew stated,

 “There is no doubt that the British Army and RUC had prior warning of an attack on Loughgall RUC barracks in May 1987.

 “However rather than mount a stop and arrest operation the British army and RUC carried out an ambush which resulted in the deaths of eight IRA volunteers and one civilian and serious injury to another civilian.

 “The statement from British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers that there is material held by the British government which is both relevant to the decision whether to open fresh inquests in these cases only reinforces the need for an inquest to be held as soon as possible.

 “The families of the dead men deserve to know the true circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones so any new inquest must have full disclosure from the British Government including files that they claim are sensitive.

 “I will be supporting the families in demanding that Advocate General Jeremy Wright sets a date for the opening of an inquest that is needed and in order to get to the truth.”

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