11 August 2005 Edition

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Laois backs Fullerton inquiry

Laois County Council has passed a motion in support of the campaign for an independent public inquiry into the murder of Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton.

The motion, proposed at the recent monthly meeting by Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Stanley, received cross-party support. Speaking after the meeting Stanley thanked the other councillors for their support for an independent inquiry and for not allowing the issue to be used as a political football.

He went on to say that "allegation of collusion between the unionist death squad that murdered Eddie and state forces have increased over the 14 years since his death. Significant matters have arisen which indicate that an elected representative in this state was murdered by British agents in his home in Donegal in 1991.

I have had the pleasure of meeting members of Eddie's family and I have been impressed by the dignified way they have pursued the truth surrounding their brother's death. Eddie Fullerton was a first-class councillor who devoted his whole life to his community and the cause of Ireland. We must leave no stone unturned to reveal the truth about his death.

Mr McDowell and the Taoiseach must take heed of the growing demands from councils across Ireland for an independent public inquiry into his murder. The family are entitled to nothing less".

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