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Judge's family in call for inquiry into IRA murder

Lord Justice Gibson and his wife Cecily
Lord Justice Gibson and his wife Cecily

By Rebecca Black

The family of a high court judge killed in an IRA bomb while crossing the border have demanded an inquiry into whether gardai colluded in his murder.

Lord Justice Gibson and his wife Cecily were killed in 1987 as they drove across the border returning from Dublin.

Last night the couple's daughter Rosemary Dickson broke her 27-year silence on the murders in a TV interview.

She has called for the case to be re-opened, and said her family had been denied a public inquiry because of a mistake in the Cory Report into cases where collusion was suspected.

The call comes six months after the Smithwick Tribunal found that it was likely there had been Garda collusion in the murder of Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan in 1989.

During its eight-year sitting, the Dublin-based probe also heard evidence pointing towards IRA/Garda collusion in other killings.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris told the Smithwick Tribunal that he had reliable intelligence that a "rogue garda" had been involved in the bomb which killed Lord Justice Gibson.

Lord Trimble has backed Mrs Dickson's calls for an inquiry into the murder of her parents.

Asked whether the Gibson family should get an inquiry, he said: "Yes. They should have had initially, but especially now when we have got the Smithwick Report there and what is contained within that, there is an overwhelming case."

Banbridge solicitor John McBurney, who represented the family of Supt Breen, said there was a series of murders along the border that give him "troublesome thoughts".

Patrick Corrigan, programme director of Amnesty International Northern Ireland, said: "The latest revelations underline our call for a new, over-arching mechanism to investigate human rights violations and abuses related to the Northern Ireland conflict, whether carried out by paramilitary groups or the security forces or as a result of collusion between the two, whether that involved loyalists, republicans, Irish or British state forces."

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