GEMMA BROLLY:Ombudsman Report Welcome, But Still Long A Long Road To Go For Justice
The Aontú Representative for East Derry, Gemma Brolly, has welcomed the publication of the Ombudsman report into the RUC's handling of paramilitary attacks by the UDA / UFF between 1989 and 1993 which resulted in 19 murders and multiple attempted murders.
Speaking today, Ms Brolly said: "As a child and teenager who remembers these atrocities very well, some of which took place no less than a mile from my home, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of collusion named within this report. Unfortunately we have waited over 30 years to hear what so many of us already knew".
Ms Brolly continued: "This report however does not go far enough, still shying away from the bare facts, suggesting it is difficult to confirm loss of life could have been avoided had collusion not taken place. It also states, somewhat contradicting it's earlier suggestion, that "a threat notification" would have allowed the victims to review their personal safety measures. What it fails to mention or account for is the personal safety, health and wellbeing of their families. They too are strong courageous victims of collusion".
"The families, friends and neighbours of those who were murdered as a result of collusion have fought for justice for approximately thirty years. They have come up against every excuse and closed door possible. Whilst this is a significant step in the right direction, there is still much way to go. Those responsible for these murders must be brought to justice. Aontú will continue to support these families in their demand for justice every step of the way", concluded Ms Brolly.