Murphy backs legal challenge of victims of murder gang

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy has said that he and his party supports the legal challenge of victims of the Glenanne Gang. The Newry & Armagh MP was commenting after a legal challange into the delay in completing an investigation into the murder of 13-year-old Patrick Barnard on St Patrick’s Day 1976 began at Belfast High Court. He said, “My colleague Francie Molloy will be at Belfast High Court this morning for a legal challenge into the delay in completing an investigation into the murder of 13-year-old Patrick Barnard. “Patrick Barnard was one of four people killed at the Hillcrest Bar in Dungannon by a murder gang, which was run by British military intelligence services during the 1970s.” The Sinn Féin representative continued, “Francie is at the High Court this morning in support of the victims of this British murder gang, which was made up of members of the RUC, UDR and loyalists and which was run by British military intelligence. “The so-called Glenanne Gang was responsible for more than 100 murders, mainly nationalist civilians, in counties Armagh and Tyrone as well as being involved in the Dublin/Monaghan bombings. The inquiry into the activities of this British murder gang has effectively been closed down. “The state is once again seeking to delay the truth about the central and pivotal role of its armed forces in running murder gangs over the period of the conflict. The campaign of murder waged and directed by members of the British forces against nationalist and Catholic communities has been well-documented. “It’s unacceptable that the state continues to refuse to take responsibility for its actions and in doing so only adds to the pain and the anguish of the victims. Sinn Féin support the demands of the victims of this murder gang that the truth be told and that the state takes responsibility for its actions,” Murphy added.

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