The High Court has thrown out a legal challenge by ex-RUC officers against a Police Ombudsman report cataloguing police failures related to the Derry ‘Good Neighbours’ bombing.
The Northern Ireland Retired Police Officers Association have now failed in their bid to have the damning findings in the report overturned.
The legal challenge has now failed because the proceedings came more than three month after the Ombudsman’s report was published.
Three people died as a result of the IRA booby-trap bombing in Creggan on August 31st, 1988.
The bomb was planted at Kildrum Gardens and its intended target was security forces.
It claimed the lives of three local people however. Sean Dalton (54) and Sheila Lewis (68) died at the scene while Gerard Curran (57) died months later from his injuries.
The neighbours had been checking on a friend who had abducted by the IRA and missing for several days when the bomb went off.
In his report, which followed a complaint from relatives of Mr Dalton about the PSNI conduct around the bombing, Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire last summer concluded that RUC officers had information about the IRA bomb in a house in Creggan, but did nothing to warn residents. H
e also said the police had failed to protect the lives of the public.
Mr Justice Treacy revealed during a hearing today that he dismissing the ex-RUC officer’s challenge to this because of the delay.