Cllr Denise Mullen: Justice For Victims Of Collusion Cannot Be Selective
Aontú Cllr & Deputy Leader Denise Mullen has condemned First Minster Arlene Foster’s offensive and partisan approach to justice and truth for victims and survivors of collusion during the Troubles.
Cllr Mullen: “The words and actions of Arlene Forster demanding investigation for victims of alleged collusion between Gardaí and the Provisional IRA, whilst stonewalling justice for victims of British/Loyalist collusion serve to pour kerosene on the fire – further dividing the people of the North. If the First Minister views legacy investigations and justice for victims and their families as a party political issue or a sectarian cause – then quite frankly she is unfit to lead all the people of the North. I know her party, the DUP, have had a tough time accepting the Good Friday Agreement – being the only political party to reject it – but in accepting it, they accept that it is their duty to ensure legacy investigations go ahead and the truth of what happened in the North fully laid bare.”
“To this day, there has been no investigation into the Glennane Gun which was stolen from a UDR tactics which was used in the murders of more than 110 nationalists. I would ask Mrs Forster, how she can explain calling for investigation and justice for one community then denying it to another. Where was Mrs Forster when the British government refused to investigate the collusion leading to the murder of human rights solicitor Pat Finucane only last week? Or where was Mrs Forster where Boris Johnson and his Tory parties let the soldiers responsible for the Bloody Sunday massacres off without the prosecution? The North has already suffered enough wounds from sectarian conflict and partisanship – our hope for reconciliation cannot suffer the same fate. We will not let it.”