DERRY CITY councillor Gary Donnelly has accused the PSNI/RUC of harassing his daughter. Mr Donnelly, pictured below, has lodged an offical complaint with the Police Ombudsman over what his 21-year-daughter, Magan as she returned from a foreign holiday eariler this week.
An independant member of the new Derry-Strabane super council, he is a high profile member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement. He accused police of deliberately targetting his daughter because of his relationship to him. “Megan was stopped at Belfast International Airport on her way back from holiday by a uniformed policeman who said he wanted to search her baggage. He said he wanted to do the search under the Terrorism Act,” he said. “When Magan tried to leave the room, he barred the way and shouted for her to sit down. Then two plain clothes plocemen (MI5) came in and said to her “you have information we need.” And he added: “I have broad shoulders and can take this sort of thing but it’s wrong to target my family.” Mr Donnelly said he has asked his solicitor to lodge a complaint with the Police Ombudsman. A police spokesman said anyone with a complaint about the RUC/PSNI should contact the police ombudsman.
With many thanks to: Seamus McKinney, The Irish News, for the origional story.