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Loughinisland families lodge petition at No.10 over ‘blocking of truth’

By Staff Reporter

A woman whose father was killed in the Loughinisland massacre has accused the UK Government and the DUP of an "undignified denial of truth".

Emma Rogan was speaking after she led a delegation to Downing Street yesterday, where they submitted a petition.

Ms Rogan's father Adrian was one of six Catholic men shot dead as they watched a Republic of Ireland World Cup match in the village pub in 1994.

Earlier this month a judge ruled that DUP leader and former First Minister Arlene Foster's decision to block funding for a plan for legacy inquests was unlawful and flawed.

Speaking from Westminster, Ms Rogan, now a Sinn Fein MLA, accused the DUP and London of denying truth and justice for the Loughinisland families.

"It was a great privilege to lead the Loughinisland families' campaign to 10 Downing Street today," she said.

"Alongside Sinn Fein MPs and our campaign legal representatives, we submitted a petition to the British Government calling on them to honour their human rights and legacy obligations."

The group also met with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

Ms Rogan added: "We made it clear that the complicity of her Government and the DUP in blocking truth for my family and others is unjust and unacceptable.

"This undignified denial of truth must end immediately.

"The British Government must move now to release legacy funding, as agreed in the most recent phase of talks, and bring this injustice to an end."

Last night the Government said it "remains committed to the implementation of the legacy elements of the Stormont House Agreement".

"These have the potential to provide better outcomes for victims and will operate in ways that are fair, balanced and proportionate," it added.

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