Belfast Telegraph

Woman loses fight for IRA bomb inquest

By Alan Erwin

A woman whose father was among three neighbours killed in an IRA bombing has failed in a High Court challenge to the Attorney General's refusal to order a new inquest.

Dorothy Johnstone wanted a judge to quash John Larkin QC's decision not to direct a fresh tribunal into the so-called good Samaritan attack in Londonderry 29 years ago.

But yesterday, Mr Justice Deeny ruled that the Attorney General was justified in concluding such a step was not advisable.

He cited the financial and human costs of a further public hearing, which would be unlikely to advance the goal of prosecuting the perpetrators.

Ms Johnstone's solicitor, Kevin Winters, confirmed the verdict would be appealed.

Ordering a new inquest could establish responsibility for police failures and provide fresh hope of identifying and punishing those responsible, counsel contended.

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