Northern Ireland

All-Ireland club football champions Glen to hold public meeting in support of McCusker family

Concerns grow over future of inquest

A vigil will be held to remember LVF murder Fergal McCusker on Friday
LVF murder victim Fergal McCusker

All-Ireland club football champions Watty Graham’s GAC Glen are to host a public meeting in support Fergal McCusker’s family on Thursday.

The 28-year-old was shot dead by the LVF in Maghera, Co Derry, as he made his way home from a night out on January 18, 1998.

Mr McCusker’s family believe there was collusion involved in his murder.

At an inquest hearing into his death this week Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris was accused of “an unprecedented political intervention” when it emerged he has written to chief constable Jon Boutcher questioning his actions in relation to an unconnected legacy case.

It is understood coroner Paddy McGurgan is considering producing a gist, or summary, of sensitive material provided by the security forces in the McCusker case, but Mr Heaton-Harris is objecting.

A public meeting in support of the McCusker family take place at the Glen Centre in Maghera at 7pm on Thursday.

In a statement the club said: “Watty Grahams GAC continue to support the McCusker family and their search for justice surrounding the murder of Fergal.

“As a club we are deeply concerned that information continues to be withheld from the family and fear this significant development (on Tuesday) may derail the family’s search for justice.”

The family’s solicitor, Pádraig Ó Muirigh, of Ó Muirigh Solicitors, claimed the NCND policy had been used in the Troubles “as a cloak to conceal the role of the state in controversial killing during the conflict”.

Mr Ó Muirigh added that GAA president Jarlath Burns has given his support to the McCusker family.