[Sinn Fein]

22nd June 2003

Eddie Fullerton's family deserve the truth

Justice Minister must act

Donegal Sinn Fein Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn, commenting on revelations of new evidence in relation to the involvement of British Intelligence in the murder of Cllr. Eddie Fullerton and serious questions being raised about the conduct of the Garda Síochana in the follow up investigation said: OEAll of this adds weight to the family's demand for the truth to be revealed about the murder of their father. He called on the Justice Minister Michael McDowell to act immediately.'

Cllr. MacLochlainn said:

``Sinn Fein County Councillor Eddie Fullerton, was murdered in his home in Buncrana, County Donegal on 25 May 1991. Like Eddie Fullerton's family, Sinn Fein does not believe that the Garda Síochána has carried out a proper investigation into his murder. Given the web of corruption in the Gardaí in Donegal, over an extended period of years, and now being exposed daily at the Morris Tribunal, we believe their conduct in this case must be thoroughly examined.

``There are many unanswered questions about the murder of Eddie Fullerton. Most relevant to the Morris Tribunal is the conduct of the Garda investigation - to the extent that there was a Garda investigation at all. Eddie's family point out that on the one hand a comprehensive forensic examination of the scene of the murder was not carried out. On the other hand the Gardai took away notebooks, cassettes and other material from Eddie's home and car immediately after his death in a manner indicating an investigation of the victim, not of his killers.

``It is of grave concern that at least one Garda now under scrutiny and facing very serious allegations before the Morris Tribunal was himself centrally involved in the investigation of the murder of Eddie Fullerton.

``This is even more alarming when we place it in a wider context. There is growing evidence that like virtually all attacks claimed or carried out by unionist paramilitaries in this jurisdiction, the murder of Eddie Fullerton could not have been carried out without collusion from British forces.

``The Fullerton family deserves the truth. We support their demand for an inquiry and we call on the Minister for Justice to act.'' ENDS

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