Moyle SDLP Councillors appalled by findings of Ombudsman’s report into Campbell murder

27 06 2014

 Joe Campbell

Moyle SDLP Councillors Margaret Anne McKillop and Dónal Cunningham have said that they are appalled but not surprised by the findings in the Police Ombudsman’s report which pointed to failings by the senior management of the RUC which could have prevented the murder of Sergeant Joe Campbell.
The SDLP councillors were speaking following the release of a report by Investigators from the Police Ombudsman’s Office relating to the murder of Sergeant Joe Campbell in Cushendall on 25th February 1977.


 Councillor McKillop who lives in Cushendall said “Sergeant Campbell was a very popular and well-respected member of the community. Locally it was always believed that Joe had been under threat, and then murdered because he had discovered and reported evidence of collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.   The Police Ombudsman’s report clearly indicates that there was sufficient, reliable evidence that senior police officers, including the then Head of Special Branch and quite probably the Chief Constable, were aware of concerns about a threat to his life and failed to act upon them.”


 Councillor Cunningham said “It is of great concern that documents relating to this case have disappeared, and that some retired RUC officers refused to co-operate with the investigation. In the interests of truth and justice it is important that a fuller investigation to discover the complete truth is carried out.”