Statement from Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson in advance of Stormont Assembly Motion on Collusion

Posted By: June 15, 2015

   Statement from Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson in advance of Stormont Assembly Motion on Collusion

“Following several recent television programmes highlighting collusion Relatives for Justice and families contacted a number of MLA’s, TD’s, MP’s and MEP’s seeking urgent action concerning revelations from these programmes; we also contacted An Taoiseach, the Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs for the North, members of the US Congress, and other international political representatives. A further RTE programme on collusion is also to be screen on Monday evening exposing even more collusion. 

“Collectively the families bereaved and those injured through collusion, including the NGO’s supporting them, feel that the issues raised via the programmes require full and comprehensive discussion at the highest levels of government in Belfast, Dublin, London and Washington if there is to be resolution of the appalling vista that is collusion. 

“That resolution must be as a result of an independent inquiry such is the scale of collusion affecting hundreds of families from across the community, including regular members of the State’s armed forces who were also allowed to be killed. Collusion is the most egregious violation of human rights. 

“Immediately after the Panorama programme Raymond McCartney MLA tabled a motion for debate in the Assembly on collusion.

“And last week a delegation of over 60 families bereaved through the policy of collusion, representing several hundred victims of collusion, also met with MLA’s including the joint First Minister Martin McGuinness in which his support was pledged in addressing collusion. 

“The Motion on Collusion will be discussed tomorrow, Monday 15th June, in the Assembly and is scheduled to take place at approximately 6.30pm.

“We believe that it is important that the issue of collusion, and the accompanying impunity, will be debated at the heart of government in this part of the jurisdiction and we very much welcome that first step in ensuring that similar debates are held in Dublin, London, Washington and Brussels.” ENDS

Families wishing to attend should be at the Assembly for no later than 6pm and those requiring a lift can avail of transport from the offices of Relatives for Justice, 39 Glen Rd. Belfast BT11 8BB. Lifts will leave RFJ from 5pm to allow for rush hour traffic and administration access to the public gallery of the debate chamber.

Anyone requiring transport, or further information, should contact our Belfast office on 02890 627171- 07739876128

We are also asking families to bring a photograph of their loved one/s.