PSNI apologises for failing to disclose information about Loyalist mass shooting

Northern Ireland’s Police Service has apologised for its failure to provide the Police Ombudsman with all the available information while he was investigating controversial killings carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries in the 1990s.

The cases the Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, was investigating included the Halloween killing of 8 people at a pub in Greysteel Co Derry in 1993; the killing of five people at a bookie’s shop on Belfast’s Ormeau Road in February 1992, and the murder of Sinn Féin Councillor, Eddie Fullerton, in Buncrana Co Donegal in May 1991. 

Loyalist paramilitaries were involved in all the attacks.

Dr Maguire was finalising his reports and was on course to publish them before he retires from his post in the summer.  

But independent of his work, a relative of one of those killed in the Ormeau Road attack was preparing a civil action against the security services.

In response to those proceedings, the PSNI provided material that the Ombudsman had not received.  

The PSNI is saying that human error and systems failings are responsible for the disclosure shortcomings and has apologised to the families affected.

As a result of the material that has emerged, the Ombudsman is to revisit his earlier work.