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Cameron to consider calls for Teebane and Enniskillen probes

The remains of the van in which eight Protestant workmen were killed in an IRA landmine explosion at Teebane January 1992.
Seamus McKinney

DAVID Cameron has pledged to consider calls for new investigations into the 1992 Teebane massacre and the 1987 Enniskillen bombing.

The British prime minister was responding to a question from Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott at Prime Minister's Questions

Some families of the eight victims of the IRA bombing of a workmen's van at Teebane have called for an investigation into claims that police were warned about the attack but failed to act.

The eight Protestant construction workers were returning from work at a British army barracks when their van was blown up on January 17 1992. In 2014, a Co Tyrone businessman revealed that he informed police of IRA plans to attack the van.

The businessman's claim formed the basis of a complaint to the Police Ombudsman. He believes the Teebane killings were allowed to go ahead to protect an informer. However, Ombudsman Michael Maguire has delayed an investigation for financial reasons.

In the House of Commons on Wednesday, Ulster Unionist MP Mr Elliott asked Mr Cameron if he would comment on demands for an inquiry into the Stakeknife controversy.

Mr Cameron said he would look carefully at Mr Elliott's comments.

“We must ensure that we look at all of these things in a fair and reasonable way and perhaps I will write to him about the issue.”

The businessman at the centre of the Teebane controversy said that he was pleased the case had been raised with Mr Cameron.

“All I want is the truth. I haven't been able to get that so far in Northern Ireland. Maybe the prime minister might force the authorities here to do something now,” he said.

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