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Loughinisland campaigners deliver petition to Downing Street

DEMAND FOR JUSTICE: Campaigners for the men killed in the shooting at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street yesterday
Connla Young

RELATIVES of six Catholic men killed in the 1994 Loughinisland massacre have delivered a petition to Downing Street demanding truth and justice.

Campaigners were joined by Sinn Féin MPs Chris Hazzard, Paul Maskey and Mickey Brady in London yesterday.

South Down MLA Emma Rogan, whose father Adrian was killed in the attack, and solicitor Niall Murphy were also among the group.

A delegation later met Secretary of State Karen Bradley and representatives of the Labour Party.

Part of last year's documentary No Stone Unturned, which examines the case, was also shown in Westminster.

The six victims died when a UVF gang burst into the Heights Bar during a Republic of Ireland World Cup game and opened fire.

A 2016 Police Ombudsman's report found there had been collusion involving some police.

The findings were challenged by retired officers and a High Court judge agreed that Dr Michael Maguire had exceeded his statutory powers, but later said he would voluntarily step aside from the case for another judge to rule on it.

Speaking after her meeting with Ms Bradley, Emma Rogan said “the DUP and British government must end their blockage of legacy inquest funding and ongoing denial of truth and justice for the Loughinisland families”.

“The British government must move now to release legacy funding, as agreed in the most recent phase of talks, and bring this injustice to an end,” she said.

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