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Former DPP McGrory representing Police Ombudsman for Loughinisland case

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory QC has been appointed as counsel for Northern Ireland's Police Ombudsman in a case challenging the police watchdog's report on the Loughinisland massacre which found collusion.

At the High Court on Friday Mr Justice McCloskey agreed to a one-week adjournment to allow Mr McGrory more time to examine issues in the legal challenge brought by two retired senior policemen.

The case is to determine whether the damning report by the Police Ombudsman which found RUC officers had colluded with loyalists in the killing of six Catholic men in 1994 should be quashed.

In December, Mr Justice McCloskey found the report on the Loughinisland massacre was unlawful and procedurally unfair, and that the watchdog had gone beyond its statutory powers in reaching conclusions on the events.

UVF gunmen opened fire in the Co Down village pub as their victims watched a World Cup football match in June 1994.

The men killed were: Adrian Rogan, 34, Malcolm Jenkinson, 53, Barney Green, 87, Daniel McCreanor 59, Patrick O'Hare, 35, and Eamon Byrne, 39. Five others were wounded in the attack.

In June 2016, Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire said collusion between the RUC and loyalist paramilitaries was a significant feature in the murders.

Six men were killed when UVF gunmen opened fire at the Co Down village pub during a World Cup football match in June 1994.

The case is due back before the court on Friday, January 19.

Mr McGrory had been head of the Public Prosecution Service until December last year.

At the time of his resignation, he stated that current arrangements in Northern Ireland for dealing with legacy issues are "unsustainable".

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