Assembly Member Justin McNulty MLA and party colleague Dolores Kelly MLA have said that the PSNI should not engage in further attempts to frustrate the families of Glenanne Gang victims by appealing High Court judgments which compel them to complete investigations.

Relatives of Glenanne at the High Court in Belfast.
Relatives of Glenanne at the High Court in Belfast.

Mr McNulty and Mrs Kelly joined families in the High Court last week.  The judge Mr Justice Treacy issued an “Order of Mandamus” ruling, that compels the police to follow the order of the court and complete the Glenanne gang probe.

Speaking after the ruling Mr McNulty said, “The families of victims of the ruthless Glenanne Gang have fought long and hard for a thorough investigation into evidence of collusion in the murders of their loved ones. Throughout that time, their campaign has been frustrated, not least of all by leadership of the PSNI. That cannot continue.  Despite this the families have kept their integrity and have to be admired for their unwavering determination to see justice for their loved ones.”

“Down through the years the families have believed they would see justice done and they have been very ably supported in their quest by their legal representatives Darragh Mackin of KRW Law and the Pat Finucane Centre.  I want to place on record my sincere thanks and appreciation for their steadfast support for the families through very difficult times.  I have no doubt that only for their support the families wouldn’t be here today.”

“This ruling by Mr Justice Treacy must be respected and acted upon by the PSNI. There should be no further attempt to frustrate effective investigations or waste precious public resources on further appeals which only seek to deny justice.”

Upper Bann Assembly Member Dolores Kelly added, “Damage has been dealt to the credibility of the senior management of the PSNI in the aftermath of Loughinisland developments. Public disquiet in the top command structures of the PSNI will only grow if they are not seen to fulfil their legal and moral obligations to victims.”

“Today was a victory for the Glenanne victims’ families. They have been forced to fight for justice. Justice should not be denied to them any longer.”