Amanda Fullerton says the investigation into the murder of her father by the UVF in 1991 has not been afforded the integrity it has deserved.
In a statment issued to the Journal Ms. Fullerston said yesterday: “ I recall very clearly not long before his death in March 2006, my brother Albert alerting me to the fact that the outcome of the then newly established ‘Smithwick Tribunal’ would have great significance and bearing on my father’s casein the future.
“The Smithwick Tribunal held its first public hearing that same month in March 2006.
“In August of that same year (2006), senior members of An Garda Siochana presented my family with a Preliminary Report into the re-investigation of the murder of my father,
She said both investigations had been originally sanctioned by the then, Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, and both crimes, from the outset, were daubed with allegations of State Force Collusion.”
She went on: “Today, over seven years later, the Fullerton family finds it expedient that Justice Smithwick has exposed the probable existence of collusion on the part of An Garda Siochana.
“We, like the families of Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan and many others, have from the outset, continued to voice our serious concerns about the circumstances surrounding the murder of our loved one, and the involvement of State Forces (in our case, spanning both sides of the border).
“The one and only report presented to us during this period (i.e. in August 2006) provided at best, an alarming indication that the Fullerton investigation was not going to be afforded the integrity it merited and deserved by the Irish State.
She said since 2009, the Fullerton family has not been updated on the status of the Reinvestigation nor had they been presented with any findings.,
Amanda Fullerton said thefamily have had no alternative but to pursue their own investigation through other channels. “To this end, we aim to make a public statement on the current position in the near future.”
She said the family were encouraged by the deluge of• condemnations of collusion. including unreserved apologies from the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, and Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan.
Ms Fullerson also pointed to the strident condemnations of DUP’s Arlene Foster and Gregory Campbell in which both alleged there were issues in regard to the Gardai and the IRA which had not been acknowledged much less investigated.
She asked: “Would Mrs Foster and Mr Campbell be prepared, in a similar vein, to call for all outstanding issues to be acknowledged and properly invested by the British State, particularly in relation to British State Force Collusion?