Ruane Meets Police Ombudsman With Loughinisland Massacre Families
SOUTH Down Sinn Féin Assembly Member Caitríona Ruane and Down District Councillor Mickey Coogan accompanied families from the Loughinisland Justice Group to a meeting with Al Hutchinson, Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, at his office in Belfast on Friday (4th February).
Ms Ruane said, “The families of the six men murdered at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland deserve justice and the report into their deaths must be published without delay.
“At Friday’s meeting, Al Hutchinson gave assurances that the Ombudsman’s Report into Loughinisland would be published in March. And while I welcome this news the unnecessary delay in publishing the findings into what happened on that awful day is unacceptable and has compounded the grief of the people who lost loved ones in the Heights Bar 17 years ago.
“I believe there are many serious questions surrounding the Loughinisland massacre including issues around collusion and cover-up. The families have waged a very courageous campaign to find the truth and in this matter they have been greatly served by their legal team, particularly Nail Murphy.”
Councillor Coogan, who described the meeting as “useful”, said that Sinn Féin would fully support the Loughinisland families in their quest for justice.
“There are many questions that need to be answered and we await the publication of the Ombudsman’s Report which I hope will shed some light on this horrendous event.
“I wish to pay tribute to the families who in their quest for justice have carried themselves with the utmost dignity and struggled courageously to ensure the people who were massacred by UVF gunmen receive justice.” she added.