[Sinn Fein]

3rd November 1999

Call for judicial inquiry into death of Diarmuid O'Neill

The Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews has said, in reply to a Dáil Question from Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, that a judicial inquiry into the death of IRA member Diarmuid O'Neill would be ``a positive and helpful development''. Diarmuid O'Neill was shot dead by Metropolitan Police when his London flat was surrounded on 23 September 1996. Evidence indicates that no attempt was made to arrest him and that his body was dragged from the scene by police. Commenting on the Minister's reply Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

``The Minister recognises the continuing concern over the manner of Diarmuid O'Neill's death and this is welcome. I understand that the British Home Office has written to the Justice for Diarmuid O'Neill Campaign ruling out a judicial inquiry. This emphasises the need for a pro-active approach from the Irish government.''

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