22 May 2006

Dublin City Council unanimously support a motion calling for a public inquiry into the murder of Donegal Councillor Eddie Fullerton

Sinn Féin

Published: 22 May, 2006

Sinn Fein Representative for Dublin South East Councillor Daithi Doolan has welcomed tonight's unanimous vote by Dublin City Council in support of a Sinn Fein motion calling for a full independent inquiry into the murder of Cllr. Eddie Fullerton, who was murdered by unionist paramilitaries fifteen years ago this week. He called on the Irish government to come out now and support the family in their search for truth and justice.

Speaking after tonight's Council meeting Councillor Doolan said:

"Tonight's vote is very welcome and I hope will give great encouragement to the Fullerton family as they continue to campaign for an independent, public inquiry into their father's murder. It is particularly important as this Thursday, 25th May, marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of Eddie Fullerton, a member of Donegal County Council. From the moment of his death, there have been allegations that the murder took place as a result of collusion between unionist paramilitaries and British Intelligence. And critically there have also been questions raised about the role played by the Garda in the weeks leading up to his death and in the investigation that followed. There was no proper examination of the scene, crucial forensic evidence was never examined and key witnesses were not interviewed. It is now known that three of the Garda discredited by the Morris Tribunal were centrally involved in the flawed investigation and one of them, Detective Garda Noel McMahon was branded corrupt and a liar.

"For the last fifteen years Eddie Fullerton s family and friends have spearheaded a campaign to discover the truth about what happened. I would like to pay particular tribute to Eddie s son, Albert, who led the campaign for many years and died in tragic circumstances in March. He was instrumental in getting public support for this family s search for justice.

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan urged the Irish government to now come out and fully support the Fullerton family in their just demand for a full, public independent enquiry into their father's murder. "

Full motion reads:

That this Council supports the ongoing call from the family of the late Councillor Eddie Fullerton, member of Buncrana Urban District Council and Donegal County Council, for a full independent public inquiry chaired by a person of international repute into the circumstances surrounding his murder and furthermore calls on the Irish Government to insist on full cooperation from the British authorities to assist the Fullerton family in their quest for truth and justice.

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