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Public inquiry is the only way to reveal the truth about the murder of Donegal Councillor Eddie Fullerton

17 June, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, speaking at a protest outside the Dáil this afternoon, has called on the Irish government to support a full, public independent inquiry into the 1991 murder of Donegal County Councillor Eddie Fullerton. He said "this is essential if we are to uncover the truth about the murder and the role the Gardaí played in the flawed investigation that followed." Mr. Adams was accompanied on the protest by members of the Fullerton family and Sinn Féin elected representatives from across Ireland.

Mr. Adams said: "Just over fourteen years ago Donegal County Councillor Eddie Fullerton was murdered in his home by the UFF. He was one of more than 20 Sinn Féin members and supporters who were killed by loyalists during that time.

"From the moment of his death, there have been allegations that the murder took place as a result of collusion between loyalists and British Intelligence. And critically there have also been allegations with regard to the role played by the Gardaí in the weeks leading up to his death and in the investigation that followed. There was no proper examination of the scene, crucial forensic evidence was never examined and key witnesses were not interviewed.

"It has been known for some time now that three Gardaí, roundly discredited by the Morris Tribunal in recent weeks, were centrally involved in the flawed investigation into Eddie Fullerton's murder. One of them, Detective Garda Noel McMahon was branded corrupt and a liar by the Tribunal.

"In March 2002, I wrote to the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern asking for the terms of reference of the Morris Tribunal to be extended to include the murder of Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton. This request was dismissed in a letter from the Justice Minister Michael McDowell who said 'it would not be appropriate to bring an entirely separate matter within the remit of the Inquiry'. Minister McDowell's response ignored the fact that the same individuals being investigated by the Morris Tribunal at that time also had huge questions to answer in relation to their role in the investigation into the murder of Eddie Fullerton. It is a disgrace that for fourteen years now the government have failed to treat the murder of an elected representative with the seriousness that it deserves. They have failed to support the family in its search for the truth.

"Given the level of corruption that has been exposed among elements of the Gardaí in Donegal and their link to the Fullerton case and what has already been revealed by the Stevens Inquiry team about collusion it is essential that there is a full, independent public inquiry into the killing of Eddie Fullerton." ENDS

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