‘Loughinisland Anniversary is opportunity to support families’ – Ruane
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that the series of events organised to commemorate the 18th Anniversary of the Loughinisland massacre are an opportunity for the community to show its support for the families in their quest for truth and justice.
Speaking to Newry Times, Ms. Ruane stated, “This weekend marks the 18th anniversary of the Loughinisland massacre when six men were murdered while watching Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. Since then the families have campaigned for the truth and justice against a background of cover-up and hindrance from both the British Government, RUC and the PSNI. In order to remember the six men and highlight their campaign the families have organised a commemorative weekend of events including a Poc Fada, Gaelic football competition, big breakfast, a debate and the play ‘A Night in November’”
“I will be taking part in the panel discussion with John Kelly of the Bloody Sunday Campaign, Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice and Niall Murphy from Winters and Co. solicitors. On Monday night Ireland will again play Italy in the Euros and in respect both teams will wear black armbands in memory of the dead.”
Ruane added, “This is an opportunity for people to come out and support the families in their campaign to break through the silence of the British Government on collusion and help bring truth and justice to the families. I would ask everyone to attend as many events as possible and remember the six men murdered that evening.”
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