>>>>> Flash: Families angered by new Loughinisland cover-up
The families of the men murdered by the unionist paramilitary UVF in a
1994 massacre in Loughinisland, County Down have vehemently rejected an
investigation by the PSNI Police Ombudsman into the killings.
Al Hutchinson’s report refused to blame the attack on collusion, and
said that the original police investigation had merely failed the
families of those killed and injured.
The report admitted the getaway car was destroyed by the RUC police,
(later the PSNI). But it said only the RUC investigation was “lacking
effective leadership and diligence”. It said that records were “lost”
and “opportunities were missed”.
Six Catholic men, one of them aged 87, died when loyalist gunmen sprayed
the Heights Bar in the County Down village with 200 bullets in 1994.
The shootings at the Heights Bar happened as supporters watched the
Irish soccer team play Italy during the World Cup.
The six men who died were Adrian Rogan 34; Malcolm Jenkinson, 53; Barney
Greene, 87; Daniel McCreanor 59; Patrick O’Hare, 35, and Eamon Byrne,
At least one British double agent was linked to the murder gang. An RUC
Special Branch informer inside the UVF, codenamed ‘Mechanic’, had
supplied the car used in the shooting, which was subsequently destroyed
by the RUC.
Patrick McCreanor, a nephew of Dan McCreanor said: “How long will we
keep on hearing the same old story. How many times can evidence go
missing from police custody?”
Maura Casement, a niece of Barney Greene said that the ombudsman refused
to investigate a link between admitted British Army agent Brian Nelson
and the murder weapon.
The ombudsman’s report also made no mention at all of RUC’s undercover
Special Branch, who are believed to have worked with at least one member
of the murder gang.
Aidan O’Toole who was a barman on the night of the murders said the
report raised “serious inconsistencies”.
“In some cases, police did not even bother to take fingerprints or DNA,”
“The RUC and the PSNI could not even identify one of the killers even
though he left a hair behind.”
Emma Rogan’s father Adrian was one of those killed.
“For 11 years after the murder of our loved ones, police did not even
have the focus and strategy to keep us informed,” she said.
A solicitor representing the families of those killed also hit out at
the report’s findings describing them as “unacceptable”.
“The families consider that Al Hutchinson has performed factual
gymnastics to avoid a conclusion”, Niall Murphy said
“The families fear it is a case of see no evil, hear no evil, and report
no evil by Mr Hutchinson”, he added.
The SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie has called for the Police Ombudsman to
resign following his report.
His findings were contrary “to a mountain of evidence of collusion”, she
“After a very long wait the ombudsman’s report has come up short on
Loughinisland. It completely lets down the victims’ families and the
“Al Hutchinson paints a picture of an incompetent keystone cops type of
police force when the reality was that the RUC and Special Branch were
rotten to the core.
“The ombudsman has done a great disservice to the families of those
murdered, as he has done to other groups of victims.
“It is now time for him to go. The office of the Police Ombudsman is
vitally important to confidence in policing and justice in the north and
Mr Hutchinson has repeatedly failed to measure up.”
The South Down MP said the definition of collusion as set out by Judge
Cory “involves the area of commission or omission, and in this case
there has been omission by the then RUC”, Ms Richie said.
“He seems to think that the failure of the RUC investigators to
co-operate, the systematic destruction of evidence such as the car, the
systematic failure to follow leads and even the failure to carry out
forensics was incompetence – to me and to the families that mounts to
“I think it is time to provide confidence and leadership in the police
Ombudsman’s office, he should do the right thing and resign”, she added.
Despite several arrests, no-one has ever been convicted of these
Local Sinn Fein Assembly member Caitriona Ruane said the report marked
the beginning of a new phase in the relatives’ campaign for truth.
“If ever there was a case which demonstrated collusion it is the murders
at Loughinisland,” she said.
“That is the only conclusion which can be reached, even from the
information put in the public domain today by the ombudsman.
“His failure to reach that very obvious conclusion on the basis of the
evidence in front of him is a matter which he needs to explain.”
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FANS GROUPS OPPOSE GB OLYMPIC TEAM
1st October 2006
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JOINT STATEMENT FROM:
The Association of Tartan Army clubs (ATAC – Scotland)
FANS GROUPS OPPOSE OLYMPIC TEAM
Fans groups representing all of the home nations’ teams today released a joint statement, stating the opposition from ‘real football fans’ on the formation of a GB football team for the 2012 Olympics.
Spokesman Tam Ferry said:
“What is clear from discussions with our members, the real fans of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland do not wish to be footballs in this political stunt. As fans, we are proud of our individual teams and countries and enjoy the friendly rivalry with our close neighbours. The four British Football Associations have a privileged and unique independent status within world football as the founding fathers of the game and due to saving FIFA from bankruptcy in 1947. For many years now there has been pressure from the International Football community to merge under one team, with one FA and with single membership of FIFA and UEFA.”
“The Olympic Football competition is a low profile Under 23 competition that no-one in this country has ever shown any interest in. Who can remember the winners? None of the fans groups want to be a part of anything which might jeopardise the future of our national teams.
We back the SFA and FAW stance against the forming of an Olympic Football team and would ask the FA and the IFA to ignore the unwelcome political pressure and remove their backing for an Olympic Football team for the 2012 Olympic games.”
FSF England Spokesman Malcolm Clarke added;
“The FSF is opposed to a single UK team in the Olympics. We believe that such a team would be an entirely artificial entity given the existence of separate teams from each of the 4 countries in the UK in all other forms of International football, which is a tradition of very long standing which fans from the 4 countries wish to retain. We share the fears of fans from the other UK countries that this precedent might be used to challenge the separate existence of those teams in the future, notwithstanding the assurances given by FIFA that this will not happen.”
AONISC Spokesman Philip Smyth continued:-
We feel that such a move would undoubtedly lead to increased lobbying for an end to the present individual representative status of the four British Associations, a scenario which International fans throughout the Home Nations would be opposed to.”
FSF Cymru Spokesman Paul Corkrey concluded;
“The Olympic side has our best wishes but it could mean the death of a country’s football team and the Welsh should not have to pay that price.”
The 4 home nations fans organisations met at a historic first meeting in May 2006 at Hibernian’s Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh to discuss ‘common issues’. The meetings will continue on an Annual basis and the fans groups are in constant contact, dealing with issues that affect all International football fans.
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Éire Nua will deliver a just settlement for all the Irish people
Statement by Republican Sinn Féin Publicity Officer Geraldine McNamara
In a recent survey it has been claimed that fifty two per cent of Catholics living in the Six Counties wanted to remain under British rule, while 35% said they desired a united Ireland.
Firstly it should be pointed that the Six-County state does not even constitute a province as the other three counties of the historic province of Ulster are part of the Twenty-Six County State.
The Six-County state was gerrymandered by the British Government to ensure a permanent unionist majority in 1921.Only the Irish people as a nation have the right to decide their own destiny, there are thirty two counties in Ireland.
Republican Sinn Fein believe that in order to achieve a thirty two county Ireland free of British rule a federal republic has to be set up.
The Eire Nua policy of Republican Sinn Fein allows for all the people of diverse backgrounds to live as one nation.
This will provide a just settlement in Ireland.
ÉIRE NUA (New Ireland) — A four province federal Ireland, with a self-governing parliament in each of the four provinces: the nine-county Ulster, Connacht, Munster and Leinster. Each of these parliaments would deal with the governing of their province as part of the objective of the creation of an Ireland of self-governing communities in which people will control their own affairs.
The policy provides for the decentralisation of government further by the total re-structuring of local government in this island, not only in administration but also in the nature and functions of local authorities themselves. This re-structuring would be on four levels in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity of function:
The only just solution to the wrongs imposed on Ireland by the British is for them to relinquish their claim on part of our country and set a date for withdrawal.
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