A speech given by the sister of one of four IRA men shot dead by the SAS in the carpark of St Patrick’s Church in Clonoe, should be used as a motivating factor for politicians to agree a “comprehensive process” for dealing with the past, a victims’ campaign group has stated.
Roisín Uí Mhuirí addressed a conference hosted by Relatives for Justice recently, where the theme was ‘Dealing with the Past - A Contributor to Peace’.
The Coalisland woman, whose brother Kevin Barry O’Donnell, died in the attack on February 16 1992 along with Peter Clancy, Sean O’Farrell and Patrick Vincent, gave an impassioned account of the continuing battle the men’s families face in having an inquest held into their deaths.
Ms Uí Mhuirí also accused the British government of using “stalling tactics” to ensure the four men “will never have a voice”.
“For 22 years we have been in limbo waiting for an inquest”, Ms Uí Mhuirí told the conference.
“These years of limbo have taken a toll on all our families...My own frail father is now suffering from dementia and will never get the thing that he needed so much, the one thing that probably unites all victims of this conflict - the truth.”