Family steps up campaign to win ‘Justice for Joe’

Seamus McCloskey took the family's campaign to the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Derry. (DERR1003Sj1)
Seamus McCloskey took the family's campaign to the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Derry. (DERR1003Sj1)

The family of a Dungiven firefighter who died on duty in Northern Ireland say they are stepping up their campaign for an independent inquiry to get justice for their loved one, writes Sheena Jackson.

Joe McCloskey from Dungiven was tackling a fire at the Gorteen Hotel in Limavady on October 31, 2003. when he fell through the roof of a store room to his death.

The McCloskey family say they will never give up on their quest for justice and continue to campaign for an independent inquiry into the death of their dad.

On Saturday, son Seamus attended the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Derry where he said he received great support.

“We plan to attend events throughout the year where we think we can raise awareness and gain further support.

“We are campaigning for an independent inquiry to get to the truth,” said Seamus.

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has said he was “honoured” to have the ‘Justice for Joe’ campaign at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Derry.

“I was delighted to be able to invite the family and campaign to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to lobby the various groups who attended as well as meeting other MLAs. Like all families they deserve the truth as to the circumstances surrounding the death of their loved one, and I will continue to support the family in getting an independent inquiry that is clearly needed.”