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Loughinisland families must have justice

SDLP Policing and Legacy Spokesperson Dolores Kelly MLA has described a High Court judgment into an Ombudsman’s report on Loughinisland as ‘bitterly disappointing’. Ms Kelly noted that the report has not yet been quashed and has repeated the party’s call for justice for the Loughinisland families.

She said:

“Today’s judgment is bitterly disappointing and will feel like a blow to those families who have campaigned for justice for over twenty years.

“The primary focus of all parties must be on securing truth, justice and accountability for the victims of this atrocity. It is disappointing again that some have chosen to seek headlines rather than support victims and survivors.

“The SDLP will continue to seek a comprehensive and ethical process for dealing with the past. That includes a fiercely independent Police Ombudsman’s Office.

South Down MLA Colin McGrath added:

“This is a difficult day for the Loughinisland families who have given everything in pursuit of truth and justice for their loved ones.

“We will study today’s judgment in detail over the coming days and work with the families to chart the best way forward.

The SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie said:

“Today’s ruling is undoubtedly difficult for those of us who have stood with the Loughinisland families over the course of two decades. It has added to the unspeakable grief of those who lost loved ones.

“I note that the High Court has not yet quashed the Police Ombudsman’s report into the massacre.

“The focus now must be on establishing institutions which deal with the past in an ethical and comprehensive way. Victims and survivors have been let down for far too long.

“I pledge that I will continue to do all I can to deliver truth, justice and accountability for these families and the families of all those who lost loved ones during the worst days of conflict.”

Dolores Kelly MLA

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