Adams to seek murder inquiry

SINN FÉIN president Gerry Adams will today join in a Dáil picket demanding an independent public inquiry into the murder of Donegal councillor Eddie Fullerton.

Mr Fullerton was shot in 1991 in a murder which was subsequently claimed by the UFF amid allegations of collusion with British intelligence services.

Calls for the circumstances behind the murder to be included in the terms of reference of the Morris Tribunal in 2002 were turned down by the Government although Justice Minister Michael McDowell has since asked gardaí to re-examine the affair.

However, the shocking extent of garda incompetence uncovered by the tribunal has prompted the Fullerton family to renew their efforts to get an inquiry into Mr Fullerton’s death. Three of the same gardaí discredited in the Morris report into garda corruption in Donegal were also involved in the inconclusive investigation into the death of Eddie Fullerton.

Speaking following a meeting with Sinn Féin, independent and Green Party TDs in Leinster House yesterday, Mr Fullerton’s son Albert accused gardaí of being complicit in the murder through negligence.

Claims of negligence are backed up by an acclaimed TG4 documentary into the affair which detailed numerous failures and inadequacies in the initial garda investigation of the murder.

“The Garda Siochána did not set in operation any meaningful way to catch the perpetrators of this deed. That is what I’m saying and to me that is tantamount to collusion. For this Government to turn a blind eye to that is also tantamount to collusion,” he said.

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