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Widow left 'disgusted' after names of RUC officers listed beside IRA dead in museum

By Leona O'Neill

The wife of a murdered RUC officer said she is "shocked and sickened" that the names of murdered police personnel have been placed alongside dead IRA members at the Museum of Free Derry.

The refurbished museum has a large visual display listing the names of all those who died in the area from 1969 to 1972 - paramilitaries, civilians, Army and RUC officers.

On Tuesday, families of some of those killed on Bloody Sunday in 1972 delivered a petition to the museum calling for the exhibition to be taken down.

They are outraged at their loved ones' names being shown alongside the names of dead British soldiers. There is a protest planned outside the museum tomorrow which will call on the exhibition to be removed.

But now one RUC widow has said she is "deeply disturbed" that the names of dead security force personnel murdered by the IRA are being shown alongside members of the terror group.

June McMullan's 25-year-old husband, RUC Constable John Proctor, was shot dead in 1981 as he visited her and their newborn son at the Mid Ulster Hospital.

"I am disgusted and sickened that policemen would be displayed alongside IRA terrorists," June said.

"The IRA destroyed lives and police were upholding the peace. To put them together as equals sickens me. They are not the same and it is totally wrong and disrespectful to the families.

"If I thought my husband's name was up there, and I know it's not because it's not in the same timeframe, I guarantee I'd be up there like a shot, banging on the door to make sure they took it down. I know many RUC families would feel the same. It's very disrespectful of the museum to put it up like that. It's sickening and disturbing for the families."

Ulster Unionist MLA and former soldier Doug Beattie, who lost his uncle Samuel as well as several Army friends to IRA violence, said putting the names together in an exhibition is "just too soon".

"I can see what people are trying to do," he said.

"I can see that this is being done for the right reasons. It riles me because it is too soon. We still haven't dealt with our legacy issues."

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