Ritchie calls for meeting with new Ombudsman on Loughinisland

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for an immediate meeting with the new Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, to discuss his predecessor’s report into the Loughinisland atrocity and its failures. Ms Ritchie said that Dr Maguire must revisit the Loughinisland Report if public confidence in the Police Ombudsman’s Office is to be regained. Speaking to Newry Times, she said: “I welcome Dr Michael Maguire’s statement today stating that the police complaints system must be wholly independent if it is to have the confidence of the public and the police. There was no bigger failure on the part of the Office of the Police Ombudsman than the inconclusive report by his predecessor into the Loughinisland murders.” “If Dr Maguire intends to regain public confidence in the Office of the Police Ombudsman, he must revisit the report into the Loughinisland atrocity and ensure that where the report points to collusion, it is stated as collusion and that other areas of concerns held by the victims and the families are fully addressed. Ritchie added, “I have requested a meeting with Dr Maguire and will raise these matters with him directly. I have also tabled a parliamentary question today requesting that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland meet with Dr Maguire to discuss the inadequate report into the Loughinisland murders produced by Dr Maguire’s predecessor.”
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