[Sinn Fein]

26th June 2003

Doherty describes Government attitude to Councillor Eddie Fullerton's murder as disgraceful

Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty MP has described Junior Minister Willie O'Dea's dismissal of demands for an inquiry into the murder of Donegal Councillor Eddie Fullerton as disgraceful. Mr. Doherty said that the family deserve to know the truth and supported their call for a full public inquiry into the matter.

Mr. Doherty said:

"Willie O'Dea's dismissive attitude in the Seanad last night in relation to the murder of Donegal Sinn Fein Councillor Eddie Fullerton was disgraceful. From the moment of his murder in 1991 questions have remain unanswered both in relation to the involvement of British military intelligence in his murder and in relation to the inadequate follow up investigation by the Gardaí.

"Minister O'Dea last night chose to ignore the valid questions that have been raised and incredibly refused to even countenance the possibility that the new witness that has come forward is fearful of attack from unionist paramilitaries.

"Furthermore it is not adequate for the Minister to say that any new information will be handed over to the Gardaí, especially when so many questions exist in relation to the Garda investigation itself and when at least one Garda, now facing very serious allegations before the Morris Tribunal, was himself centrally involved in the investigation of the murder of Eddie Fullerton.

"It is time that the government faced up to their responsibilities in relation to Eddie Fullerton's murder. His family deserve to know the truth."

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