Irwin concern as Ombudsman to re-open security force cases

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman Cllr. William Irwin MLA has spoken of his concern as it was announced the Police Ombudsman’s office is to re-open historical cases related to the troubles. Branding the move as “one-sided” Irwin spoke to Newry Times and stated, “Right from the start the DUP has consistently said that the Police Ombudsman’s office should not be involved in this historical function, it should not use its resources to carry out these one-sided investigations.” “The reasons are quite simple, as nationalists and republicans have used this as a way to continue their blatant attempts to re-write the history books by only dealing with incidents involving the security forces, while at the same time totally ignoring the actions of the IRA. Irwin continued, “The IRA were responsible for hundreds of heinous murders committed during the troubles, indeed many of these crimes were committed in this constituency yet we have no investigations into these actions.” “My Party is clear that the Police Ombudsman’s office should immediately stop looking at historical cases and focus only on complaints in the present day. He added, “Involving itself in historical cases has been the main cause of controversy for this organisation and the recent decision to re-open cases will only lead to increased political scrutiny as opposed to operating the overseeing role that was originally intended.”
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