Northern Exposure



Supporters of former Irish Independent journalist Gemma O’Doherty outside the newspaper’s office on Talbot Street, Dublin 1, on August 27, 2013 – including Limerick-based Catherine Costelloe, a former officer with the London Metropolitan Police, far left, and former Garda John Wilson, far right

Families for Justice write:

Tomorrow, a delegation of families seeking justice for their deceased relatives will visit Stormont Castle to meet senior politicians. The families, who live in the Republic of Ireland, have lost loved ones in violent circumstances – in two cases, their own children. They believe An Garda Síochána failed to investigate the deaths properly. They have also been unable to get a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The families will be accompanied by Garda whistleblower John Wilson and journalist Gemma O’Doherty. This is the first phase in a new international awareness-raising campaign about cases of alleged Garda wrongdoing which will be taken to the European Parliament and the United Nations, among other institutions, in 2015.

The families who will visit Stormont include Lucia O’Farrell, mother of Shane who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Co Monaghan in 2011; Anne and Eamonn Tuohey, parents of Shane who died in Clara, Co Offaly in 2002; Cyril Goonan, brother of Jim who was killed in Birr, Co Offaly in 2002; and Ann Doherty, twin sister of Mary Boyle (6) who went missing in Donegal in 1977.

Also joining the delegation is Limerick-based Catherine Costelloe, a former officer with the London Metropolitan Police who, since returning to Ireland, has spent many years searching for people who have been murdered but whose remains are missing.

Brian Sheridan, a former Director of Elections for Fine Gael in Laois/Offaly, who has been at the forefront of the justice campaign for Fr Niall Molloy, will also attend. The delegation will meet senior politicians from each of the political parties in Northern Ireland including the DUP, Sinn Féin, the UUP, the SDLP and the Alliance Party. The delegation will arrive at Stormont on Thursday at 11am.

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7 thoughts on “Northern Exposure

    1. Blonto

      Hiding behind the furniture!!!!
      If it wasn’t for social media and sites like broadsheet O’Dohertys story would not have a forum.
      The print media and RTE are a disgrace. You would think that the indo’s competitors would be jumping at this.

      1. Am I Still on this Island?

        Yes, thank god for the internet. It’s the same with the water protests and pro-choice protests, we wouldn’t hear a thing but for the net.

        1. Mr. T.

          Well. You have seen the hundreds of protests around the country last week. Even RTE couldn’t pretend they didn’t happen.

  1. Mr. T.

    So Enda Kenny is only interested in victims of injustice when they can be used to undermine Sinn Fein support but when it’s the Irish state involved, not interested.

  2. Johanna flood

    I am writing to you because I feel you might be able to help me and my family.We live in Pearse street and I have had trouble with a neighbour but the police have done nothing to help us in 2012 there was a pipe bomb put on my car the police got the tip and still to this date nothing has ever been done my door was kicked in twice still nothing done and then in April 2013 I was very badly beaten by one of these men with a hammer and again nothing but they tried to charge me even though I was never in trouble but things got so bad that I was told by one or two police men that I should go to the Ombudsman because these policemen were to high in the rank for anyone to tell them what to do and it was so bad I did not know what they would do I have all the proof of what is going on but I just don’t know where to go if you can help us in any way I would be so grateful I feel they can do anything and they can do what they want. Please help me and my family if you can I don’t know where to turn now many thanks Johanna flood

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