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Loughinisland massacre film to be screened in Westminster

Six men were shot dead in the Heights Bar in Loughinisland as they watched the Republic of Ireland play Italy in the 1994 World Cup. Picture by Pacemaker
John Monaghan

PART of a documentary about the Loughinisland massacre is to be screened in Westminster this week.

No Stone Unturned chronicles the loyalist killings of six Catholic men as they watched the Republic of Ireland play Italy during the 1994 World Cup at the Heights Bar in the Co Down village and the families' subsequent search for justice.

No-one has ever been convicted of the murders and there have been claims that security forces colluded with the loyalist gang responsible.

The documentary, produced by Oscar winning film maker Alex Gibney and featuring former Irish News journalist Barry McCaffrey, who carried out much of the research, was released in November.

The screening of a section of the film, followed by a panel discussion with the families' lawyer Niall Murphy, will be held at 7pm on Tuesday in Westminster Committee Room 21.

It is being hosted by Sinn Féin South Down MP Chris Hazzard, who said: "In 1994 the British state colluded in the murder of six men in my constituency.

"This is a hugely important issue....this is a subject which has been locked away in Britain, so we will be shining a light onto it in Westminster itself."

Meanwhile, Colm Smyth, who survived the atrocity, has re-iterated a call to meet with Ronnie Hawthorne, who is named in the documentary as a suspected gunman.

He tweeted: "He holds the key to the truth and can end suffering for all our families. I want to meet him, in secret if needs be. If you know Ronnie please contact me. I will forgive if he will speak to me."

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