24 February 2005 Edition

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McDowell must demand PSNI co-operation with Fullertons

Speaking following the announcement on Monday at Hillsborough of an arrangement for enhanced co-operation between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána, Sinn Féin Donegal County Councillor, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Justice Minister Michael McDowell to demand that the PSNI now fully co-operate with the family of murdered Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton in their search for truth and justice.

"The family of Eddie Fullerton were intrigued to hear the PSNI Chief Constable, Hugh Orde, describe co-operation between the PSNI and An Gardaí Síochána as 'seamless'," said Mac Lochlainn. "If that really is the case, then I am sure Hugh Orde will have no difficulty in instructing his officers to fully assist the family during the ongoing reinvestigation of Eddie's murder by the Gardaí.

He pointed out that in the recently aired documentary, Fullerton, on TG4, a new witness alleged that he saw a number of men being picked up by an unmarked RUC car at Culmore in the early hours of the morning, not long after Eddie's murder, only a short distance from where the car used in his murder was found burnt out. "The assistance of the now PSNI would be most helpful in this regard," said Mac Lochlainn.

"Furthermore, a number of reputable journalists have alleged that the killers belonged to a UDA/ UFF unit which were led by agents of different agencies of British military intelligence, including the notorious Force Research Unit (FRU). Indeed, it has been alleged that at least one of the killers was a British agent. Again, the assistance of Hugh Orde and the PSNI would be vital in this regard.

"It is now almost 14 years since the murder of Eddie Fullerton, an elected representative of the people of Buncrana and Donegal. In all of those years, those responsible for policing on both sides of the border have shown little or no interest in helping the Fullerton family in their campaign for truth and justice.

"I now call on Michael McDowell to deploy the same resources into investigating the murder of this democratically elected representative as he has in relation to the Northern Bank robbery. The Fullerton family will be watching him and his colleagues in the PSNI with great interest."

Albert Fullerton, Eddie's son, is calling on all elected representatives from the 26 Counties to back "a full public inquiry into my father's murder and the so-called investigation afterwards".

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