Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Eames group meets Troubles police

group set up by the Government to explore ways of dealing with the legacy of the Troubles was today holding discussions with the PSNI's Historical Enquiries Team.

The group, headed by retired Church of Ireland Primate Lord Eames and Denis Bradley, the ex-vice-chairman of the Policing Board, is also planning a series of public meetings.

It held its second meeting in Armagh yesterday and afterwards confirmed discussions were held in London last week with the police team who turned up collusion between the security forces and paramilitaries.

Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens is believed to have discussed sensitive details about his investigations into collusion during four days of meetings with his Stevens Inquiry team.

The Eames/Bradley group, which has six other members, was set up by the NIO in June to seek "the best way to deal with the legacy of the past".

Its meeting with Stevens is an indication members may be exploring ways of explaining the Troubles' murkiest episodes.

Lord Stevens reported in 2003 that collusion happened and was a factor in several murders.

But the full reports of his three investigations - which touched on the activities of security force agents within the UDA and IRA - have never been published.

The group can be contacted by email on secretary@cgpni.org or on 028 9051 7023.

The Historical Enquiries Team welcomed the opportunity for discussions with the group.

Its director Dave Cox said: "Any new approach to the past must place the needs of those who suffered most, all the families, firmly at its centre. "

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