Woman loses fight for IRA bomb inquest
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.