McCartney demands justice on Loughinisland anniversary

Raymond McCartney
Raymond McCartney

Speaking this morning on the 20th anniversary of the Loughinisiland massacre in which six men were shot dead by loyalists while watching Ireland play in the World Cup, Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said the relatives of those killed deserve to know the truth about the murders.

As police issued a fresh appeal for information surrounding the killings today, Mr. McCartney recalled the devastating events which took place on June 18 1994.

“This disgraceful attack not only shocked people in the local area, but throughout Ireland and across the world,” he said.

The Foyle MLA added: “To compound the awful brutality of the attack, it soon emerged that the UVF gunmen responsible for the murders were linked to British security forces.

“There was clear collusion in the planning and carrying out of the attack. The RUC also attempted to deny justice to the relatives of those killed by destroying evidence and covering up the truth. Twenty years on the families are still campaigning for truth and are still being frustrated.

“The families took their concerns to the Police Ombudsman in 2006 and, despite the publication of the Ombudsman’s report in 2011, they still have not got to the truth. In fact, the Police Ombudsman has now been forced to take legal action against the PSNI over withholding information on 60 killings, including the Loughinisland massacre.”

Mr. McCartney added: “The families of those killed at Loughinisland deserve justice and we will continue to support them in their campaign.”