16 November 2006

Murdered councillor's family to meet Ahern


16/11/2006 - 08:08:06

The family of murdered Donegal Sinn Féin councillor Eddie Fullerton will raise demands for a public inquiry today at a long-awaited meeting with the Taoiseach.

Mr Fullerton was shot dead in front of his wife at his Buncrana home in May 1991, in an attack by a loyalist paramilitary gang.

The Taoiseach’s decision to meet the Fullerton family comes after intensive campaigning by the family and by Sinn Féin for an independent public inquiry into alleged collusion between loyalists and British security forces.

Mr Fullerton’s daughter, Amanda, said that some gardaí at the centre of the Morris Tribunal played key roles in the murder investigation.

She explained: “Daddy was a dedicated Sinn Féin councillor who worked tirelessly to help others irrespective of their political or religious affiliations.”

She added: “Fifteen years on, and amidst great public concern in relation to the circumstances surrounding the murder and the Garda investigation, we welcome this opportunity to discuss the case with the Taoiseach.”

Mr Fullerton served 12 years as a Sinn Féin councillor on Donegal Co Council and Buncrana Urban Town Council.

His son, Albert had spearheaded the family campaign for justice until his death in a road accident last March.

Chief Superintendent Noel White, who was appointed in 2004 by Justice Minister Michael McDowell to re-examine evidence in the case, met the Fullerton family in August.

The issue was also raised by Sinn Féin at the multi-party talks at St Andrews in Scotland last month.

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