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On-the-run amnesty fears for relatives of Coagh victims murdered by IRA

Double funeral of Ernie Rankin and Austin Nelson on Coagh where they were shot dead by the IRA outside Leslie Dallas Garage. They were shot dead along with Mr Dallas as they stood talking at his garage.  Pacemaker Press Intl. 9/3/89

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Double funeral of Ernie Rankin and Austin Nelson on Coagh where they were shot dead by the IRA outside Leslie Dallas Garage. They were shot dead along with Mr Dallas as they stood talking at his garage. Pacemaker Press Intl. 9/3/89 191/89/BW

As the families of three men murdered by the IRA in Coagh prepare to mark the 25th anniversary tomorrow, one distraught relative asks if any of the gang got immunity letters from the British Government.

Leslie Dallas, Austin Nelson and Ernie Rankin were shot dead in cold blood as they stood chatting outside Dallas’s Garage in the town, shortly before 4.30pm on March 7, 1989.

Battling back tears, one member of the Dallas family hit out at the politicians over the failure to hold anyone to account for the atrocity.

In an interview with the Mail, the man said his family have been ‘tortured’ and ‘left in the dark’.

He also slammed the two-year sentence deal for those convicted of terrorist atrocities prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

“I don’t think you can get the truth today, and the other sickening thing about is that ‘what do they get’, look at that IRA man who killed that police man coming out of Magherafelt Hospital, they waited 30 years to bring him up and now he’s only getting two
years.”

He added: “I’m just wondering if any of the ones involved, if any of them got [immunity] letters.”

Kenny Donaldson from the Innocent Victims United group said the anger over the ‘on-the-run’ letters was mounting.

“It’s just political expediency gone mad, there is no morality in it,” he said.

 

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