Government stands idle on Collusion – Mac Lochlainn
Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil today, Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn criticised the government for not pressuring the British government to release files on their involvement in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings and the murder of Pat Finucane.
Teachta Mac Lochlainn said:
“The remarkable RTE documentary that aired last Monday night exposed the scale of collusion between British State forces and unionist paramilitaries.
“This collusion was not just ‘a few bad apples’ – it was systemic.
“Agents of the British State controlled and armed the various Unionist or Loyalist paramilitary organisations. These agents targeted, directed, commissioned, facilitated and covered up for decades.
“All parties in the Dáil have called for the British Government to open up the files on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.
“You tell us that you have raised this with the British Government and they are not for turning.
“The British Government have failed to honour their commitment under the Weston Park Agreement in relation to the case of Pat Finucane.”
Teachta Mac Lochlainn then raised the case of Donegal Sinn Féin councillor Eddie Fullerton who was murdered in 1991 by members of the British security forces.
He also implored the Taoiseach to meet with the family of Eddie Fullerton and answer the very serious questions that remain.
“Eddie Fullerton was a much loved and respected elected member of Buncrana Urban District Council and Donegal County Council assassinated in his home by agents of the British State on May 25th 1991.
“Eddie’s family have been failed by the sheer apathy of those in power in this State since.
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of Eddie’s family to get to the truth about their father’s assassination, we now know that the Eddie’s killers were taken back across the border by an RUC Special Branch car.
“Will the Taoiseach meet with the family of Eddie Fullerton and act on their serious concerns once and for all?”