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Collusion raised in Brussels debate

Members of the delegation who visited the European Parliament in Brussels this week for a debate on collusion. (0202MM16)

Members of the delegation who visited the European Parliament in Brussels this week for a debate on collusion. (0202MM16)

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said the visit to the European parliament this week by a cross-border delegation to highlight collusion brought the issue to a wider audience.

The delegation included relatives of victims of state violence and campaign groups which lobby on their behalf, including the Derry-based Pat Finucane Centre.

Ms Anderson said members of the group spoke at a hearing in Brussels which was attended by MEPs from across Ireland and other EU member states.

“They heard how British Government agents acted with impunity and the government itself actively suppressed the truth about its involvement in the conflict in Ireland. It granted Public Interest Immunity Certificates as a means of suppressing and preventing evidence being presented in open Court and Coroners Inquests. Under the Inquiries Act this ensured secrecy around British State Collusion and de facto immunity for its agents. This policy was clearly evident in the murders of human rights lawyer, Pat Finucane and Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton,” she said.

Ms Anderson also challenged the Irish Government to fully investigate Mr Fullerton’s death. “Apart from it being unacceptable that the British Government is in breach of its legal obligation to discharge its Article 2 duties, it is appalling that Eddie Fullerton’s family have to take the Irish Government to Court on its breach of Article 2 in relation to Eddie’s death, because the Irish State did not carry out a proper investigation into his murder - nor has it pursued the British Government for information in its possession just as it has failed to do in the case of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.”

 

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