‘Why hasn’t family received copy of ‘rebuttal’ report?’

Paul O'Connor.
Paul O'Connor.

A human rights group says it’s “outrageous” that the family of a Derry man killed in an IRA bomb 25 years ago still hasn’t received a copy of a “detailed rebuttal” of a Police Ombudsman’s report which criticised police for failing to warn people about the device.

The ‘rebuttal’ has been prepared by the association NIRPOA, representing retired NI police officers. It has said it will not encourage members to engage with the Police Ombudsman on certain investigations. The move follows the report into a 1988 IRA bomb attack in Derry’s Creggan Estate that killed three people.

Two people - Eugene Dalton (55) and Sheila Lewis (60) - died in the explosion. A third, Gerard Curran, was injured and died seven months later.

Paul O’Connor, of the Pat Finucane Centre, says the Daltons still haven’t received a copy of the NIRPOA report.

“It’s outrageous that the Daltons have no knowledge of this report’s contents,” he said.