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British security force collusion with loyalist paramilitaries was endemic, Irish parliament told

Security force collusion with loyalist paramilitaries in illegal activity - including murder - was "endemic", a senior politician has told the Republic's parliament.

Tanaiste Joan Burton told the Dail that the Irish Government continued to seek independent inquiries into illegal killings – including the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Ms Burton said: "Collusion between security forces and paramilitaries was endemic. The people responsible must be brought to justice. The families of the victims deserve nothing less".

“But the IRA must also face up to its responsibilities in investigating child abuse – including for people like Mairia Cahill,” the Labour leader told Sinn Fein’s Padraig MacLochlainn.

Deputy MacLochlainn referred to the RTE television documentary 'Collusion' broadcast last Monday night.

RTE documentary uncovers collusion with loyalist paramilitaries  

He said Loyalists carried out murders including that of Buncrana Sinn Fein councillor Eddie Fullerton in May 1991.

Mr MacLochlainn said RUC special branch officers drove the murderers over the Border on the night of the killing. He asked what the Dublin Government was doing to ensure full and independent investigations.

The Tanaiste said the Government continued to work for investigations and there was provision for this under the Stormont House Agreement.

But she insisted that investigations must include all paramilitaries including the IRA.

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