Justice at last for the forgotten victims of sectarian murder in Dundalk
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The Dundalk Democrat, 15 November 2006:
'We just want the truth'
New investigation into 1975 bombing
By Anne Marie Eaton
The families of those killed in the 1975 Dundalk bombings have said that a new investigation into the alleged collusion surrounding the deaths of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters may at last see the victims' families getting the apology they deserve.
Speaking after an historic meeting between PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde and an Oireachtas Committee, Jack Rooney's daughter Maura McKeever said she felt there was no other option but to set up a new investigation.
"I have to say Hugh Orde tried his best to avoid giving answers but he had to announce that the Historical Enquiries Team were setting up a new investigation."
Maura believes the recent publication of an independent report into 25 atrocities meant that the authorities were backed into a corner.
Maura also revealed that she almost never made it to the historic meeting in Leinster House as she along with other families were not notified.
"We found out by chance that the meeting was taking place and when we phoned on Thursday were told a letter was being sent out. None of us have received a letter since, if there ever was going to be a letter."
Maura said that some people are still insensitive to their search for the truth and their desire to follow proceedings every step of the way.
"We want the truth about the perpetrators and the role of the state to be found and made known."
In meeting with the families the panel found: "What happened long ago has not been forgotten or relegated to the past. Their wounds have not been healed. Their suffering has not been alleviated."
The panel involved in the report's compilation examined 25 cases of suspected loyalist paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland during the period 1972 to 1977.
It said that in 24 of the 25 cases evidence suggested collusion between members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) or the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR)
On subsequent investigations the report states: "Both the original investigations and the later police investigations were deficient by any reasonable standard."
Maura McKeever said she hopes that the next report will bring about another historic event.
"I just want both governments to acknowledge our hurt, to admit to the collusion, to apologise and to ensure that it can never happen again."
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Pat Finucane Centre, Derry, statement, 3 November 2006: INVITATION
THE LAUNCH OF THE REPORT
OF THE INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL PANEL
Irish Times/ireland.com, 6 November 2006: Garda Castigated In Report On North Collusion
Irish American Information Service online, 6 November 2006: RUC
APPROVED AND COLLUDED IN 25 MURDERS - REPORT
BBC News online, 6 November 2006: Security 'Links' To Murder Plots
Ulster Television News online, 6 November 2006: US academic shocked by report's findings
Belfast Telegraph, 7 November 2006 Collusion: PSNI team 'not capable of getting to truth' Orde defends cold case team after international criticism
The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: Shock report alleges high-level collusion Officials 'had information on 25 atrocities' RUC & Army 'helped loyalists carry out. . 74 MURDERS
The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: So many victims
Irish Independent, 7 November 2006: Inquiry 'shocked' at RUC collusion
The Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006: Evidence found of British collusion in bombings
The Guardian, 7 November 2006: RUC and army 'backed killers'
The Irish News, 7 November 2006: Questions haunt probe into loyalist collusion.
Produced in association with the Ludlow Family.
Last edited: 19 November 2006 17:03:10
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