Northern Ireland

Derry GAA back Sean Brown's family

Murdered GAA official Sean Brown
Murdered GAA official Sean Brown Murdered GAA official Sean Brown

The GAA in Co Derry has called for an end to ongoing delays at the inquest of murdered official Sean Brown.

The 61-year-old was shot dead by the LVF in May 1997 after being abducted as he locked the gates at Bellaghy Wolfe Tones GAC.

Collusion is strongly suspected, and several of those thought to be involved are believed to be state agents.

No-one has ever been charged.

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His inquest has been held up due to continued PSNI disclosure delays.

In a report to be presented to GAA members at the Derry county convention next week, secretary Sean Keane backed the Brown family.

The move comes after the GAA in Tyrone also pledged its support.

“It is now 26 years since the brutal murder of Bellaghy GAA chairman Sean Brown,” the report states.

“Throughout that time the trauma of the Brown family has been compounded by the failure of the authorities to conduct a proper inquiry into his death.

“Derry GAA stands firm in our support for the Brown family and call for an end to the ongoing delays in the inquest process.”

The report also pays tribute to Mr Brown.

“Sean Brown was a faithful servant of the entire community and devoted his life to serving others,” it added.

“The Brown family deserve better. The Brown family deserve the support of the entire GAA community.”