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Patrick McElhone findings show plan on legacy inquests bearing fruit

Alban Maginness


Probes into controversial Troubles killings can bring closure

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Closure: Patrick McElhone’s sister Mary McCourt and brother Mickey with a photograph of Patrick outside Omagh Court House

Closure: Patrick McElhone’s sister Mary McCourt and brother Mickey with a photograph of Patrick outside Omagh Court House

Closure: Patrick McElhone’s sister Mary McCourt and brother Mickey with a photograph of Patrick outside Omagh Court House

Sir Declan Morgan, the current Lord Chief Justice, wisely put forward a five-year plan to systematically deal with inquests arising out of killings during the Troubles. To their credit, the Government accepted the scheme and provided substantial finance for it.

The Chief Justice set up a unit, whereby 56 of these legacy inquests, dealing with controversial and hugely tragic killings, would be examined systematically by senior judges.

This will go some distance in addressing outstanding legacy cases.


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