Sunday 18 March 2018

British security 'collusion with paramilitaries was endemic' – Tanaiste says

IRA 'must also face up to responsibilities about child abuse'

Joan Burton
Joan Burton
John Downing

John Downing

British security authority collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries in all kinds of illegal activity – including murder – was 'endemic', Tanaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil today.

Ms Burton said the Irish Government continued to seek independent inquiries into illegal killings – including the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

“But the IRA must also face up to its responsibilities in investigating child abuse – including for people like Mairia Cahill,” the Labour leader told Sinn Fein’s Padraig MacLochlainn.

Deputy MacLochlainn referred to the RTE television documentary 'Collusion' broadcast last Monday night. He said Loyalists carried out murders including that of Buncrana Sinn Fein councillor Eddie Fullerton in May 1991.

Mr MacLochlainn said RUC special branch officers drove the murderers over the Border on the night of the killing. He asked what the Dublin Government was doing to ensure full and independent investigations.

The Tanaiste said the Government continued to work for investigations and there was provision for this under the Stormont House Agreement.

But she insisted that investigations must include all paramilitaries including the IRA. 

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