Families ‘shocked’ at Larkin’s proposal to end inquiries
Published: 28 Nov 2013 14:000 comments
Mr Larkin has submitted that his proposal to put an end to police investigations, inquests and inquiries associated with Troubles-related killings before 1998 is a logical consequence of the Agreement.
But families believe their “basic human right” to a justice pathway would be denied if the recommendation was approved.
“Shocked” by the suggestion, the family of murdered Independent Councillor Patsy Kelly say his comments indicated an “unwillingness to deal with delivering truth and justice” for those bereaved by the Troubles.
They add too their belief that “collusion and cover-up” over what happened to Mr Kelly still exists right up to the present day.
The body of Trillick man, Mr Kelly was found in Lough Eyes near Tempo in July 1974.
He went missing after locking up the Corner Bar which he managed in the village.
His body was found three weeks later, weighted down in the lough by two 56lb agricultural weights.
No one was ever charged for his murder.
“Mr Larkin states that with regard to prosecutions that he has “drawn attention to the extreme improbability of criminal proceedings ever taking place” - in our case, that improbability only exists because of the collusive activities of the then RUC and the current day PSNI and HET who continue to prevent the truth about Patsy’s murder being investigated properly,” say his family.
“The Attorney General’s assertion that access of archived documents relating to all murders should be released to families is of little or no value. In our experience, the PSNI and the HET are most adept at spinning the line of lost files, and misplaced documentation, when access to files is sought.”
Reflecting on Mr Larkin’s recommendation, Kenny Donaldson, Director of South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) submits the proposal is another indication that Peace in Northern Ireland “comes at too high a price”.
“Whether or not punitive justice is ever able to be delivered is not the point, the fact is that there are people within this society who exist in a place beyond the reaches of the law is deplorable.
“Those who have had loved ones murdered understand the limitations of sentencing powers - that someone convicted of terrorist offences pre 1998 can only serve a maximum of two years. But for many families that sense of public acknowledgement and of those who dehumanised their neighbours; Protestant, Roman Catholic and Dissenter to the extent of taking their life being held personally accountable for those actions is very important.
“Murder was as wrong in 1972 as it was in recent years.”
Also describing his disappointment, Fermanagh North councillor, Raymond Farrell says justice for those murdered should be continually pursued.
“As one who voted against the Belfast Agreement, including the release of convicted terrorists, I believe that the victims and loved ones of those brutally killed have a right to justice and that these same victims should be seeing comments, statements and indeed actions which encourage them rather than discourage them as did the comments of Mr Larkin.
“Just as Nazi war criminals are actively pursued to this day, so must the perpetrators of the crimes of this county. The law abiding people and victims of Fermanagh, as in other parts of Northern Ireland, put their Trust in the rule of law and believe that justice must be continually pursued to see the murder of their loved ones brought to justice.”
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Roundup section
23 Apr 2014 22:30 • Editorial Department
The phone call no mother wants as Ruby Brown tells of the moment she learned of the death of son Richard in a motorbike accident. Read her in-depth and moving interview.
23 Apr 2014 21:30
Enniskillen Town Utd came from a goal down to book their place in the final of the Impartial Reporter Mulhern Cup with a 2-1 win over Kesh at Ferney Park tonight.
23 Apr 2014 15:35
A car was stolen during a so-called “creeper burglary” at Raceview Court near the Cornagrade Road in Enniskillen.
23 Apr 2014 13:15
LOCAL people are invited to meet at Castle Archdale at 5am on Saturday, May 3, to listen to the birds welcome the new day in fine voice.
23 Apr 2014 11:30
A radio DJ will bring her fundraising marathon challenge to Fermanagh this June in aid of Cancer Research UK.
23 Apr 2014 09:30
Arsonists are being blamed for starting around 15 gorse fires in the Garrison and Belcoo area since the beginning of April.
22 Apr 2014 17:00
Ballinamallard United slipped into the bottom two in the Danske Bank Premiership on goal difference following today's 2-2 draw with Dungannon Swifts at Ferney Park.
22 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department
The rites of passage of growing up vary from person to person but throughout my own life events such as turning 13, my first formal, my GCSE and A level results, my 18th birthday (and my first and to date only hangover that followed), getting into university and moving away from home are just a few which I imagine are pretty common landmarks among my generation.
22 Apr 2014 15:00
A car was broken into at Navar Forest near Derrygonnelly last night (Monday).
22 Apr 2014 13:00 • Rodney Edwards
FARMERS in Fermanagh are being encouraged by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Enniskillen to take part in the Farm Watch Scheme, an initiative endorsed by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill.
22 Apr 2014 12:00
A house in Lisnaskea has been attacked.
22 Apr 2014 11:00 • Rodney Edwards
A NUMBER of people in Fermanagh have been fined £75 for “dropping a cigarette butt or a sweet paper” on the street, according to UUP MLA Tom Elliott.
22 Apr 2014 09:00
A 47-year-old factory worker has admitted fraudulently using a certificate of car insurance by showing it to the police, knowing it had been cancelled.
21 Apr 2014 22:30
A 20-year-old man thought he was being “sensible” when he got behind the wheel of a crashed car to drive it home.
21 Apr 2014 19:00
A 30-year-old car dealer caught driving without insurance four times in two weeks despite paying out £3,500 in premiums has been given a jail sentence.
21 Apr 2014 17:30
Unemployment in Fermanagh fell by 2.4 per cent last month.
21 Apr 2014 15:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
Liam Connolly Road Freight (LCRF) provides groupage services (i.e. from single pallet collections to full double-deck trailer collections) for over 300 customers throughout Ireland and the UK each day.
21 Apr 2014 13:00 • Rodney Edwards
THE work of Enniskillen’s two main church leaders, the Very Rev. Kenneth Hall and Monsignor Peter O’Reilly, has received a warm acknowledgement from yet another head of state.
21 Apr 2014 09:00 • Editorial Department
“WE are not against a community centre, we just don’t want it on our doorstep.”
20 Apr 2014 19:00
Clogher Valley coach David Black has vowed to make up for their All Ireland Junior Cup Final defeat by winning the Ulster Towns’ Cup for their supporters when they take on Donaghadee at Ravenhill on Easter Monday.