Police incease in ‘Public Interest Immunity’ material linked to LVF murder of Seamas Dillon had not been completed eight-years-ago the coroner Court was told.

http://seachranaidhe-irishandproud.blogspot.com/2022/09/police-incease-in-public-interest.html

#SayNoToPII #JusticeForNoahDonohoe

SHOOT-TO-KILL AND KING RAT’S DEATH SQUADS

THE murderous activities of one of mid-Ulster’s most prolific loyalist death squads is set to be laid bare in a new documentary planned by the director of harrowing collusion film Unquiet Graves.

LVF Guard of Honour watching over Billy Wright as he lies in his coffin. After being murdered by members of the INLA in the H.Blocks, of Long Kesh.

Film-maker Sean Murray is in the pre-production stages of a tell-all feature film focusing on Billy ‘King Rat’ Wright’s notorious UVF brigade and his gang’s deadly links to the security services. The follow-up to Unquiet Graves, which aired on RTE to huge viewing figures of 21o,000 this week, will focus on countless sectarian murders carried out by Wright’s death squad in East Tyrone during the 80s and 90s. It will explore Britain’s shoot-to-kill policy which ran alongside some of the Troubles’ most callous murders carried out by loyalist hit teams whose victims included a heavily pregnant women and elderly civilians. Collusion claims, similar to those revealed in the West Belfast man’s hard-hitting film shown to TV audiences last week for the first time, are also expected to be revealed.

STRATEGY 

“I’ll not give too much away but we are already in pre-production for that film,” the 44-year-old director told the Sunday World. “It will concentrate on the killings in East Tyrone, and how the strategy by the British Government changed.” Commenting on Wednesday night’s RTE’s milestone screening of his Glennane Gang film, he said: “I viewed it as being something very historic indeed considering that it’s the first time that an independent film of that nature has been shown uncut. “To be able to just actually pierce public consciousness in the south about what happened with regards to the activities of the Glennane Gang, in the north and south, is just something that is historic. “I wanted to represent an overarching story on collusion, there are many aspects in many different areas but I think for me the Glennane Gang, those series of killings, was something that was monumental.

Billy ‘King Rat’ Wright

“There was a nature that this was something very, very big and I thought if I made a film on the Glennane Gang it would give a real sense of what was happening in other areas and not just those series of killings. “And I think there were many aspects to what happened with the Glennane Gang. You had the UDR, you had the RUC and how they were in cahoots with the UVF, and the scale of killings, over 120 people, 120 civilians. “People who were doing well, SDLP members, GAA members. So, for me it was something that could pierce public consciousness like the south or in Britain,” he said. “And if it shocks someone like me who has lived through the conflict and has been surrounded by it in West Belfast, then what is that going to do to an English audience that hasn’t been affected by the political violence that surrounded us?” The film, first released in 2018, details how rogue members of the RUC and UDR worked alongside loyalist paramilitary killers targeting civilians in the so-called “murder triangle” spanning counties Armagh and Tyrone.

UDA-UDR-UVF Spot the difference? Answer: There is no difference

The murder machine became known as the Glennane Gang, responsible for around 120 sectarian murderers of farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and other innocents in a terror campaign through the 1970s. That included the 1976 bombing of the Step Inn in Keady, in which two Catholics, Elizabeth McDonald and Gerard McGleenon, were murdered. The activities of prolific UVF killer Robin ‘The Jackal’ Jackson, a known security force agent, was also featured. The state-backed murderer has been linked to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, the Miami Showband massacre and countless sectarian murders. In the film he was identified by the grieving widow of Pat Campbell, blasted to death on the doorstep of his Banbridge home in 1973, as being one of the gunmen.

Kathleen O’Hagan (38) murdered by the UVF at a remote cottage in Co. Tyrone in August 1994

Former RUC officer and self-confessed Glennane Gang member John Weir also gave a chilling account of an aborted plan to launch a gun attack on a Catholic primary school. Despite wide-spread praise and reviews, the critically acclaimed film was also subject to some criticism from unionist circles. UUP MLA Doug Beattie, a former British soldier, accused the programme of being “biased and unbalanced”. He also likened the documentary to “anti-state propaganda”. Said Murray: “I understand that there are victims on the other side, and I think what Unquiet Graves does is, it tells a story about victims of state violence very sensitively, it’s not agitprop, it’s not in your face. “No matter what work we do, if you are dealing with sensitive issues around legacy, we need to be mindful of victims right across the political spectrum, and I hope my work does that.” The feature film, narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Stephen Rea, was inspired by the painstaking work of the human rights groups The Pat Finucane Centre, Dublin-based Justice for the Forgotten and journalist Anne Cadwallader’s best-selling book, Lethal Allies. Ms Cadwallader said it was “incredibly gratifying” to see the reaction to victims and survivors’ stories being screened on TV. “I’m glad obviously that it has had such a huge reaction on social media, I’m disappointed that more politicians haven’t commented because you would have thought that on both sides of the border when they watched it, and they should have watched it, maybe there’s something happening behind the scenes I don’t know,” she said.

CRITICAL 

“But I am very, very critical of the British government whose responsibility of what happened in Lethal Allies is. We have had nothing from the British government.” The campaigning journalist added: “In the film Sean said 11 of them had died since we began the legal actions through the courts to get an inquiry which is now being headed by Jon Boutcher. “But that figure of 11 is now up to 25 people have died waiting for the British government to respond to the book. “They had masses of opportunity and not only have they not acknowledged or apologised, they haven’t even met the families.” “Eugene Reavey who lost his three brothers, a man who lost his mother and two brothers in three different attacks, two of which were linked to the Glennane Gang, who has never had a single letter or acknowledgment from London that anything wrong happened. “I feel angry and sad on their behalf because, I am a Brit and I feel that my government has treated these people appallingly, cruelly and offensively. “No-one can be above the law, least of all those paid to uphold it.”

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and EXCLUSIVE story by Patricia Devlin for the original story –p.devlin@sundayworld.com

 

Stormont department seeks PSNI/RUC advice about removing Billy Wright flags in Dungannon

Flags with Billy Wright’s image have been put up on a main road into Dungannon

A  Stormont department has sought advice from police about the removal of flags glorifying loyalist Billy Wright in Co Tyrone.

Flags bearing the image of the former LVF leader were recently put up on lampposts on the main road into Dungannon from the M1.

They have been erected on either side of the busy route near a junction leading to Dungannon Park, a popular destination for local people.

A former UVF commander in Mid Ulster, Wright went on to found the LVF.

He was shot dead inside the H-Blocks by the INLA in 1997.

LVF Guard of Honour watching over Billy Wright as he lies in his coffin. After being murdered by members of the INLA in the H.Blocks, of Long Kesh.

Cookstown man Ruairi Cummings called last week for the flags to be removed.

He was 17 when LVF gunmen seriously injured his father Christy and killed another man, Seamus Dillon, outside the Glengannon Hotel in Dungannon in December 1997.

Uniformed volunteers of the Irish National Liberation Army or INLA in Derry in the North of Ireland

He was standing just feet away when the shooting took place.

The Department for Infrastructure last night said: “The department has sought advice from the PSNI on removing these flags.”

Chief Inspector Michael McDonald said: “As a police service we recognise the hurt and frustration that can be caused when a particular flag or banners appear, however, we are compelled in law to consider the legislation available to us.

“Whilst these flags may be perceived as offensive and distasteful, the erection does not in itself breach the law, however we are making efforts to engage with the local community in relation to this matter.”

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew said the flags have “caused hurt and offence to many in the area” and should be removed.

“This has been done deliberately to be hurtful, provocative and offensive,” he said.

Independent councillor Barry Monteith has also called for their removal.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Connla Young for the original story 

Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) flags prompt feud fear

Billy Wright leader of the Loyaist Ulster Volunteer Force the (LVF)

FEARS are growing of another loyalist feud erupting in a Co Antrim town. Tensions are running high after the recent erection of LVF flags in Ballymena.

The flags have been put up on lampposts in the Doury Road estate, an area regarded locally as a UDA stronghold. The LVF flags were put up in the Camberwell Way part of the estate. The move is being blamed on an LVF faction who recently moved from Co Antrim. “They are blow ins,” revealed our source. “Whether they moved of their own free will or where put out no one knows. “But there is no way the UDA will put up with that.

ACTION 

“Doury Road has always been an area with big support for the UDA.” There are fears that the actions will antagonise UDA members into action. “It is only a small group but I’ve been told more are expected to arrive from Antrim,” added our source. “Hopefully nothing kicks off but people with authority in the organisation are monitoring the situation closely.”

There has been no love lost between the rival paramilitary organisations over the years. The LVF built up a strong affiliation with Johnny Adair’s Shankill Road UFF unit. And it was the unveiling of an LVF flag outside a bar during a show of strength which sparked the vicious feud which ultimately led to Adair’s exile. Now there are fears that Ballymena could be about to become the centre of another violent loyalist dispute.

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and Richard Sullivan for the original story.

KILLER Billy Wright ‘given dossiers by the RUC/PSNI and used them to target families of republicans’

Question: David Hoare Notorious UVF leader Billy Wright was working as an agent for Special Branch and the FRU, senior security forces have told the BBC.

And according to the sixth episode of Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History, Wright’s predecessor as leader of the Mid-Ulster UVF, the late Robin Jackson, had also been recruited as a state agent.

Jackson, who led the UVF terror campaign in Mid-Ulster from the 1970s through to the early 1990s, is thought to have been personally involved in up to 50 killings during the Troubles.

He had been arrested in 1973 for involvement in a murder, but was never prosecuted despite being identified by the wife of the victim. Charges were dropped, and a number of security sources have told the BBC they believed that was when he was recruited in return for avoiding prosecution.

Former Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan told the BBC: “My understanding would be that he was a murderer, a prolific murderer, a very, very dangerous and ruthless man. They never investigated him.”

The BBC claims Jackson’s murder gang included soldiers and RUC officers.

Billy McCauley, a former police officer and accomplice of Jackson in the murder of a Catholic shopkeeper, told the programme: “It would have been a case of meeting republican terror with even greater loyalist terror. That would have been the rationale.”

The programme’s research shows the number of attacks on Catholics – particularly on family members of those connected to republicanism – by the Mid-Ulster UVF rose dramatically when Wright took over as leader of the organisation.

Retired Detective Chief Inspector David Hoare, part of the Historical Inquiries Team, said evidence suggests the RUC didn’t try hard enough to stop the UVF murder gang.

“Forty odd murders and so few people convicted – to me it tells a tale in itself,” he said.

“It raises the question: did the RUC try hard enough or were they not good enough to deal with Mid-Ulster UVF?

“I don’t buy the argument they weren’t good enough.

“They were certainly good enough.”

He also revealed a catalogue of missing evidence in cases relating to the Mid-Ulster gang when he went to reinvestigate the murders of Kevin and Jack McKearney in their butcher’s shop in Moy in 1992, 13 years later.

The McKearney family had strong IRA links, though neither of the victims had involvement with paramilitarism.

“Crucial evidence had been lost,” he said. “A partially destroyed jacket found in the getaway car had disappeared.”

He also revealed in 1998 that hundreds of police files, including those on killings in Mid-Ulster, had been destroyed because of reported asbestos contamination.

“I can’t say how huge the destruction of the records was,” he said.

“There were health and safety measures that could have been taken to clean those exhibits safely, but that wasn’t done.”

Police told the BBC the evidential loss was minimal.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Mark Bain for the original story 

Police chief says loyalist killer Billy Wright Cappagh banner ‘won’t offend everyone’ and PSNI must attempt to achieve balance

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/police-chief-says-loyalist-killer-billy-wright-cappagh-banner-wont-offend-everyone-and-psni-must-attempt-to-achieve-balance-34898511.html

As Theresa May just said “We will form the next government. With the Conservative & the Ulster Unionist party”

Don’t vote these two fools into government!

Theresa May & Arlene Foster, a very dangerous leaision which could end ‘power sharing’ in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland). Between Sinn Féin & the DUP. If the Tory’ s do, do a deal with the DUP, then Sinn Féin could pull out of talks as: “They don’t trust The Secretary of State for (Northern Ireland), North of Ireland. And can claim he favours the DUP over Sinn Féin in the talks to restore power to Stormont and can not be mpartial during upcoming negotiations.

Two Terrorist Supporters elected as MPs Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly (MP) and Gavin Robinson (MP).

Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly MP endorsed by the UDA and her father was a gun-runner into the Northof Ireland (Northern Ireland).

Gavin Robinson (MP) endorsed by the UDA. Ulster Defense Army. A Loyalist grouping in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland).

And now talk of Sinn Féin talking of taking their seats in Westminster to defeat the Tory party and try and stop Brexit.

Now as the picture shows it’s now time for an Ulster Border Poll ! The so-called NIMFNI can’t argue with that. The green shows how much of the border Sinn Féin hold. Don’t believe the lies peddled by the Northern Ireland’s Home Secretary of State James Brokenshire (North of Ireland), there is no such place called (Northern Ireland), James Brokenshire, he is a lier and a fraud. He is ‘NOT’ telling the English electerate the whole truth truth.

Gerry Adams (T.D.) And President of Sinn Féin

James Brokenshire (on the left), Secetary of State for Northern Ireland (North of Ireland) not trusted by the Catholic community in the North of Ireland. With Theresa May (middle) and leader of the DUP, Arelene Foster, on the right

Arlene Foster now holds the playing cards but there is still two very difficult questions for her answer. “How can she work both deals”

Arlene Foster standing side by side with a terrorist’s daughter, Emma ‘Little’ Pengally, whose father Noel Little, a convicted gun-runner into the North of Ireland. In France but you won’t see that on the news. BBC, (False News).

(1) In the negotiations Here in the North of Ireland. Where there is no government?

(2) In the negotiations in England where the Tories are “up shit creak without a paddle.”?

The Loyalist Terrorist magazine who endorsed the DUP and threatened to shoot anyone who voted for the Alliance party. The Alliance party went to lose its only seat in Westminster.

She even went on to speak in Irish using the words “Sin É” pronounced in English as (Shin A) meaning “That’s it”.

Jackie McDonald, Commander-in-Charge of the UDA. Who Arlene Foster meet only days after a brutal murder was carried out by his organisation the SEA UDA.

This could not only force another re-election in the North of Ireland, but also another re-election in England, Scoland & Wales.

It would be a complete disaster for the Conservite’s and the DUP, here in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland). The English people as a nation need to watch their backs. Don’t trust a Tory and don’t trust ‘The DUP’!

The Headlines in the News Letter. One of the best selling Protestant newspapers in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland).

In 2015, The DUP built it’s election campaign around the idea that that it’s MPs might be Kingmakers at Westminster. Their posters bore the a the slogan “More Votes. More Seats. More Influence. More for Northern Ireland”. When David Cameron won his majority, that strategy was quietly forgotten.

Arlene Foster, The Kingmakers. If the English trust this party. Only God can help them. Would you trust her?

Theresa May, Prime Minister for England. Would you trust her?

“While I was writing this it was confirmed that the DUP has reached a deal with the Tory party. A DUP Source said: “We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The Alternative is intolerable. For as long as Corbyn leads Labour, We will ensure there’s a Tory P.M.” was written in the: The guardian, Newspaper.

The Tories are now in very serious trouble the backbenchers are unhappy WIth the ‘New collation between the tory’s and the DUP.

Boris Johnson (left) and Teresa May (right) could be facing a leadership challenge.

But come on be honest, by you looking at a picture like that (picture below). Would you trust Boris Johnson? Honestly? because I wouldn’t.

Boris ‘The Fool’ Johnson, showing everyone how English he really is. Would you trust him to run a country?

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long who lost its seat in Westminster. After UDA loyalist terrorists threatened to shoot anyone who voted for them.

All 18 of the North of Ireland’s MPs have been confirmed with the SDLP and UUP losing their seats at Westminster.

Tom Elliot, who lost his Westminster seat to Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew M.P.

The final result came in Fermanagh and South Tyrone where the UUP’s Tom Elliottlost to Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew M.P.

Michelle Gildernew Westminer M.P. Fermanagh and South Tyrone, who took the seat of Tom Elliot (in the Purple).

The SDLP who lost there seats in Westminister.

Former SDLP Party Leaders Mark Durkan, Margaret Richie and Alasdair McDonnell were toppled in Foyle, South Down and Belfast South.

Former SDLP Party Leaders (from left to right) Alasdair McDonnell, Margaret Richie and Mark Durkan. Who all lost their Westminster seats.

In Foyle, Sinn Féin’s Elisha Mc Callion won by 169 votes after a recount.

Elisha Mc Callion Westminster M.P.

But that’s the position  the 10 newly returned MPs are in, despite Arlene Foster predicting it did “not look likely” at the campaign outset. And latter saying “It would be difficult to do a deal”.

Follow these link to find out more about the DUP: http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/ulster-israel-dup-ally/

Would you really trust any of the two of them? The former leader of the DUP & former Westminster M.P. Peter Robinson (who had no choice but resign) over the NAMA scandal where his son was taking bribes under the table. Along with the new leader of the DUP and now part of the new team to lead the British Tory government! The English must be on drugs? Our Therasa May is!

The DUP party has been criticised in the past for sharing platforms with representatives of loyalist paramilitaries.

Former M.P. For Westminister Rev William McCrea.

In 1996, former MP Rev William McCrea stood at Portadown rally alongside LVF leader Billy Wright (pictured below).

Former Westminister M.P. meeting LVF’s leader murderer Billy Wright nicknamed (King Rat) who was murdered in prison by members of the INLA.

The ruthless paramilitary group, which split from the UVF in 1996, was responsible for high-profile murders including the killing of Catholic taxi driver Michael McGoldrick.

LVF (Loyalist Volunteer Force), Guard of Honour watching over Billy Wright as he lies dead in his coffin. After being murdered by members of the INLA in the H.Blocks. Of Long Kesh.

In the mid-1980s the DUP also had close links with Ulster Resistance, set up in response to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

Billy wright, nickname (King rat). Leader of the Loyalist LVF and responsible for dozens of murders across the North of Ireland.

The group was launched in 1986 at a rally in the Ulster Hall in Belfast addressed by then DUP leader Ian Paisley.

Ulster Resistance, which Noel Little, father  Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly, was a leading founder.

Peter Robinson, who at the time was his party’s deputy leader, was later photographed at another Ulster Resistance rally wearing a beret.

Former Leader of the DUP Peter Robinson on the left. Pictured here with Noel Little, third from the right and father of recently elected Westminister M.P. Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly.

The party cut ties with the group in 1987 when members were linked to arms finds.

The UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) a Protestant/Loyalist, illegal, banned in the North of Ireland. Who have very close ties with the DUP.

The father of the DUP’s Emma Little Pengelly, who has just won the South Belfast seat, is Noel Little, a Co Armagh loyalist and founder of Ulster Resistance.

Noel Little, one of the founding members of Ulster Resistance and father of recently elected Westminster M.P. Emma ‘Little’ Pengally. And convicted gun-runner.

Little was one of three men arrested in Paris in 1989 in connection with a plot to exchange a missile stolen from Shorts for South African guns.

Above: former DUP leader Peter Robinson, second left, with Noel Little, fourth from left, at an Ulster Resistance rally.

After spending two years on remand the trio received suspended sentences and fines.

UFF (Ulster Freedom Fighters) a breakaway group and also claimed murders on behalf of the UDA.

The weapons they sought to procure were destined for the UVF, UDA and Ulster Resistance.

Arlene Foster Leader of the DUP pictured here with one of the Leaders of the UDA. Commander Dee Stitt.

In 2014 the DUP and other unionist parties were also criticised for joining the UVF-linked PUP in signing up to a ‘graduated response’ following the banning of an Orange Order parade in Ardoyne, north Belfast.

Ardoyne, North Belfast, notorious for Orange Order and Catholic rioting. Nearly every 12th of July.

The ‘graduated response’ later failed to materialise after the PUP, TUV and Ukip withdrew their support for the pan-unionist group amid allegations of “betrayal” over parading.

In June 2017 Arlene Foster was criticised over meeting a UDA leader just days after a breakaway faction of the paramilitary organisation was linked to a brutal murder.

Jackie McDonald, Leader of the UDA.

The DUP leader spoke with Jackie McDonald at a community office in the Taughmonagh area of south Belfast on Tuesday during canvassing ahead of next week’s general election.

Jackie McDonald UDA Chief

In February, before Assembly election, he urged voters to get behind Mrs Foster saying her “experience and dedication has helped bring about stability and prosperity.

Today’s look at what’s going on. By Claire Simpson. The Irish News….
The price the Conservatives will have to pay for getting into bed with the DUP is far from clear. But certainly concessions will have to be made.

What voters in Britain make of Tory ‘kingmakers’

This was tweeted by former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne and is quated as saying on the BBC “May is a dead woman walking”.

GIVEN how dear the DUP holds the union with Britain, relatively few people in the rest of the UK are familiar with the party and its policies.

As it became apparent on Friday that Theresa May planned to form a government with Arlene Foster’s party, social media was filled with contributors offering insights into Westminister’s ‘Kingmakers’.

Notably, in the relatively liberal social climate of England, Scotland and Wales, the DUP’s  conservative world view was highlighted in mostly pejorative terms.

Here’s a sample: Singer Paloma Faith tweeted: “DUP = awful: anti abortion anti LGBT rights anti woman’s rights and don’t believe in climate change. Very modern (sniff)”.

Left-leaning economist Richard Murphy, who has previously been vocal in his opposition to devolving corporation tax power’s to Stormont, said on Twitter: “If I had to choose a party to have undue influence over government the DUP would be the last barring UKIP. They’re a nightmare of prejudice.”

Environmentalist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot highlighted the links between the DUP and UDA, which just days ago added its voice to the Loyalist Communities Council statement urging voters to back Mrs Foster’s party at the polls. “I trust that The Daily Mail will now devote it’s first 13 pages to the #DUP’s associations with terrorism,” he tweeted.

Veteran Journalists and Channel 4 News anchorman Jon Snow tweeted: “One of the most extreme politicial entities in the British Isles, the 10 MPs of the DUP, is to wag the tail of Mrs May’s minority government.”

Former Liverpool footballer Stan Collymore posted an article from The Irish News which bore the headline ‘Arlene Foster has no regrets after being pictured with UDA Commander [Dee Stitt].

■DUP WHO?: The Photograph of Arlene Foster with Dee Stitt was commented on by footballer Stan Collymore on Twitter.

Under it the Talksport contributor wrote: “Come on Dacre and Murdoch and Hopkins and Robinson and Tories. Where’s your outrage now?”

Belfast-born former ITN foreign correspondent Andrea Catherwood tweeted: “Wait until you hear DUP’s views on homosexuality. They make Tim Farrin look like Peter Thatchell.”

Nick Timothy, one of Theresa May’sKay’s closest advisers. The man who really runnig Britain. Resigned at the weekend.

Some, however, such as columnist Polly Toynbee misinterpreted the DUP’s priorities. “DUP top priority will be soft border, saving Good Friday agreement and free movement across boundary. That absolutely rules out hard Brexit,” she tweeted.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill. Both resigned at the weekend.

Follow these links to find out more on the DUP: https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44770/The+DUP+racist%2C+homophobic%2C+anti+abortion+bigots+with+a+history+of+violence

Follow this Link to find out more on the Alliance Party: https://ansionnachfionn.com/2017/02/28/the-socialist-party-anti-austerity-alliance-the-confederation-of-the-british-isles/

Follow this Link to find out more: https://www.thedetail.tv/articles/brexit-theresa-may-and-the-ulster-plantation?utm_source=mailinglist&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=165-brexit-theresa-may-and-the-ulster-planta

Follow this Link to find out more: http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2017/06/01/news/arlene-foster-criticised-after-meeting-uda-leader-days-after-loyalist-murder-1041833/

With thanks to the: BBC, Irish News,

‘King Rat’ – Billy wright executed by the INLA

Billy Wright was a vicious, sectarian killer & murdering bastard who killed people because of their religion, he and his splinter group the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF), were responsible for countless senseless deaths of Catholics, God bless Crip McWilliams and the bold INLA lads who wiped out this piece of human shit.

With many thanks to: Marcas Mac Giolla Aindreis – Chaírde ar an Arm Náisiúnta Fuascailte na hÉireann.

Doubts over ballistic tests

BALLISTICS tests on the gun used to kill pensioner Roseann Mallon were done by RUC Special Branch officers who might not have been properly qualified, an inquest has heard.

Ms Roseann Mallon (76), was gunned down as she watched television at her home in Dunngannon, Co Tyrone, on May 8 1994.

The Czech-bought assault rifle, now linked to 11 other murders and two attempted murders, was first examined at the Weapons and Explosives Research Centre (Werc) – a previously unheard of unit located within the Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory, the court was told. Mr Justice Weir, who is hearing the long-awaited inquest, said: “This is the first time it has ever come to my attention that there was a forensic system.” Ms Mallon (76) was gunned down as she watched television at a house near Dungannon, Co Tyrone on May 8 1994. The spinster, who had been staying with relatives because she felt vulnerable, was unable to escape when two loyalist gunmen indiscriminately opened fire on the bungalow on Cullenrammer Road.

The UVF said its mid-Ulster brigade had been responsible (although it was widely beleived to be members of Billy Wright‘s LVF gang) and were targeting two of her nephews Christopher Mallon, who was not home at the time and Martin Mallon who lived half a mile away. In the wake of the shooting, British army spying equipment was found in a nearby field sparking claims of security force collusion. Last week it emerged that the Historical Enquries Team (HET) – a specialist unit set up to re-examine Troubles-related cold cases – had linked the murder weapon to the UVF killings of Charles and Theresa Fox at the Moy, Co Armagh, in 1992, as well as the murders of John Quinn, Dwayne O’Donnell, Malcolm Nugent and Tommy Armstrong outside a bar in Cappagh, Co Tyrone in 1991. But, Barry McDonald QC, who is representing the Mallon family, said the rifle was now known to have been involved in at least eight incidents that resulted in 11 murders and two attempted murders.

COLLUSION = STATEMURDER

He said inaccurate information that the gun had no previous previous history was fed into the the system by Special Branch. Mr MacDonald said: “The practice seems to have been when cartrige cases were collected they were forwared to the Forensic Science Laboratory of Northern Ireland but it was the Werc who conducted their investigations and provided a steer. “The upshot is that these incorrect conclusions have been made by a section of Special Branch in circumstances where the object of this entire exercise – that’s this inquest – is to allay suspicion and rumour about the involvement of Special Branch.” Judge Weir told the court he had never heard of Werc despite a lengthy career as a defence barrister and judge. He also expressed concern that they were not ballistics experts and said he would be demanding a full explanation on how they operated and who took the decision to conceal their existence. Martin Mallon said the family had been left bemused by the latest revelations. He said: “We have had Special Branch hiding behind screens, we have heard evidence about burning notebooks and items being destroyed. We have consistently heard about Special Branch being a force within a force and now it appears that Werc was unit within a unit. Notorious killer Billy Wright and two other loyalists were arrested and questioned about Ms Mallon’s murder but no-one has ever been convicted. Sinn Fein MLA Sean Lynch, who sits on the Stormont justice committee and is a Mallon family friend, said: “It is obvious that the British state is covering up, delaying and prevaricating on vital evidence – particularly around ballistics.” The inquest has now been adjourned until May to allow the HET to complete its investigation into 24 murders in the East Tyone area between 1988 and 1994 – including Ms Mallon’s murder.

With many thanks to: The Irish News.

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