Anger at remarks over shooting of Newry IRA man

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Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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A new investigation was launched into the RUC killing of Newry IRA man Colum Marks last year

A new investigation was launched into the RUC killing of Newry IRA man Colum Marks last year

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has branded the comments of a DUP MP over the shooting of an unarmed IRA man 26 years ago as disgraceful.

Colum Marks, who was originally from Newry, was killed by the RUC in Downpatrick in 1991.

Last year a new investigation was launched into his killing after a new witness statement emerged.


Ian Paisley said the police officers involved in the killing of the Newry man should be given a medal instead of being investigated.

Describing Marks as ‘one of Ulster’s worst terrorist criminals’ Ian Paisley said that rather than dragging police officers through the process of constantly going over what they did, the police officers should be given medals.


“The officer who dispatched Marks has now been through three individual inquests,” Paisley continued.

“I know the chap personally, he’s a friend of mine growing up. He has gone through an ombudsman’s inquest and now hanging over him is a second ombudsman’s inquest.


Paisley added, “His wife and his family will be traumatised by it and that’s why I said he and his team should have been given a medal that night.”

Speaking to Newry Times, Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady said, “Remarks by the DUP’s Ian Paisley about the RUC shooting of unarmed IRA volunteer Colum Marks are nothing short of disgraceful.


“Not only do such crass and disgusting comments add to the hurt of the Marks family, they are also an insult to all those who knew Colum and hold him in high regard.

“No one can be above or beyond the law,” Brady insisted.

He added, “This is a further indication of the DUP’s attempts to whitewash the past and it is symptomatic of their abject failure to deal with the legacy of the conflict.”

More on this story:

New investigation launched into RUC killing of Newry IRA man


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