Historic litigation a major step on road to justice

11 04 2014

SDLP Press Conference

The SDLP have together with Denise Mullen welcomed news that High Court Writs have been served on the Chief Constable of the PSNI, The Ministry of Defence and the Secretary of State in relation to the killing of Dinny Mullen, Patrick Falls and Betty McDonald in the 1970’s.

The cases have been initiated by the next of kin of those killed by a group of renegade loyalist terrorists known as the ‘Glennanne Gang’. The gang was associated with the killing of up to 120 people in terrorist killing sprees that spanned a 5 year period in the late 1970’s in mid Ulster.

Speaking during a Press Conference in SDLP Party Headquarters, which was also attended by Denise’s legal representative Kevin Winters, Party Leader Alasdair McDonnell MP MLA said:

“Denise has been fearless in pursuing justice over a period of many years. Today is a major step on the road to finding out the truth about the murder of her father.

“The SDLP have always stood shoulder to shoulder with victims and demanded fair play for them. Victims demand truth, justice and closure-not simply partial closure. If we don’t deliver and implement the Haass proposals then an increasing number of victims like Denise will be forced to seek legal redress.

Party Justice Spokesperson Alban Maginness MLA said:

“A total of 32 families have agreed to take part in this unprecedented mass litigation which addresses the very serious instances of collusion that took place during the course of the troubles.

“This historic action is a culmination of a lot of hard work by Denise in conjunction with her solicitor Kevin Winters to bring an action which alleges that the British Government and its agencies, the Police, the military and the Northern Ireland Office facilitated or otherwise sanctioned collusion.” 

Speaking following the press conference Denise Mullen said:

“I want the Chief Constable, the Secretary of State and The Ministry of Defence to come out and tell the truth, not a partial truth that seeks to silence my families and others. I don’t want some expensive inquiry – it costs nothing to open a filing cabinet.

“This is just the start of my quest for truth and accountability-it is the very least my Mother and I deserve.”

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