Diane Dodds highlights Irish Government amnesty hypocrisy

DUP MLA Diane Dodds has accused the Irish Government of hypocrisy for criticising the UK Government's plans for an amnesty on all troubles related crimes whilst refusing to investigate crimes which relate to their own jurisdiction.

By Diane Dodds MLA

Upper Bann

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Mrs Dodds has worked with the family of Ian Sproule for many years. Mr Sproule was murdered at his home near Castlederg in April 1991 by the Provisional IRA through alleged collusion with members of the Garda.

After raising the case again today in the Northern Ireland Assembly Mrs Dodds said,

"The Sproule family have been searching for truth and justice for thirty years since Ian was murdered. Ian's murder was one of many systematic and savage murders by the Provisional IRA in the Castlederg area.

The terrorists presented a Garda security document to journalists as warped justification for Ian's murder and the allegations of Irish state collusion still remain. The Garda Commissioner whilst he was an Assistant Chief Constable with the PSNI, told the Smithwick Tribunal he was satisfied beyond doubt that there was a leak from the Garda to the IRA in respect of Ian's murder.

Despite this the Garda Ombudsman refuses to sanction an investigation and have told the Sproule family their case has "timed out".

Whilst we hear public opposition from Dublin to the UK Government's amnesty proposals we see them enacting the same disgraceful policy in practice. This is a clear example Irish state speaking out of both sides of its mouth on legacy and attempting to evade its duty to take responsibility for their role during the troubles.

Dublin has so often criticised the United Kingdom in relation to the troubles. It's high time they displayed some of the same openness they are quick to demand from others."

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