#Baggott: PSNI should *no longer* be accountable

Matt Baggott is pretty much leaving the PSNI in the same way as he joined in 2009. At that time, he was being pressed by the Coroner John Leckey to release files on shoot-to-kill cases from 1982 so that inquests could be held. His predecessor, Hugh Orde had been ignoring a similar request since 2007. At the time, the PSNI released a statement saying: The PSNI wishes to re-emphasise its willingness to co-operate fully with the coroner and continues to …

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‘Dead men don’t talk back’

After the north of Ireland Police Ombudsman’s report into how the British state dealt with the Claudy bombings, the susequent furore/media focus has been on Father James Chesney and his later move to a parish in Donegal. This has been treated as acceptance, admission or proof of his involvement in events of that day. Nothing of the sort was shown in the report. This small truth, his moving parishes, has become an absolute demonstration for many of his involvement in …

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Call for Catholic Church to release Claudy information

Gregory Campbell has called on the Catholic Church to release any files it may have on the Claudy bombing. Campbell has pointed to the recent fact that Bishop Noel Treanor has called for an enquiry into the events of 1972 in Ballymurphy and has released the Church’s documents pertaining to that episode. The Claudy bombing in 1972 resulted in 9 deaths including that of Kathyrn Eakin aged 9. The IRA has been widely blamed for the atrocity but has never …

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