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First Minister hears from Teebane family about warning claim

The scene of the January 1992 Provisional IRA attack on eight Protestant workmen whose minibus was blown up at Teebane crossroads in Co Tyrone
Seamus McKinney

The daughter of a man killed in the 1992 Teebane massacre has asked First Minister Arlene Foster to help investigate claims police were warned about the attack.

Diane Allen, whose father Cecil Caldwell was one of eight workmen killed in the IRA bombing, met the DUP leader earlier this week.

The meeting was organised to discuss a Co Tyrone businessman’s claims that he warned police in advance that an attack on the workmen was planned.

He has claimed he was given the warning by a Catholic neighbour who did not wish to deal directly with the RUC.

Eight Protestant workmen were killed when their van was blown up at Teebane crossroads as they returned from working at a British army barracks in Omagh.

The businessman has asked the Police Ombudsman to investigate his belief that police failed to act on his warning to protect an IRA informer, although it is among Troubles cases which have been delayed for financial reasons.

Mrs Allen said she was pleased Mrs Foster had met with her and other family members.

“Arlene Foster has a name for getting things done. This has been raised with other politicians in the past but nothing has been done. The First Minister is in the position where she can help us get to the truth,” the Co Tyrone woman said.

“We can never get closure or full justice but we want to know the truth. I have faith in Arlene Foster. She is from a solicitor background and will be able to dismiss hearsay, innuendo and gossip and make her own mind up."

The businessman who made the original claim told the Irish News he was pleased the First Minister met Mrs Allen and others.

“Maybe now we will get somewhere and people might stop putting barriers in the way of getting to the truth,” he said.

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