30 May 2018
DUP MEP Diane Dodds has reiterated calls on the Irish Government to seriously investigate allegations of collusion in connection with the IRA murder of Ian Sproule in Castlederg in 1991. Mrs Dodds was speaking during a debate on ‘Minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime’.
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
Commenting, she said:
“This was an important opportunity to voice the Northern Ireland perspective in Parliament on the critical issue of the rights of victims of crime, including terrorism. I reiterated the perversity of Northern Ireland’s definition of a victim which places the bomber and gunman on a par with those whose lives they claimed or changed unalterably.
I also used this forum to call on the Irish Government to look again, and more thoroughly, at the case of Ian Sproule, where allegations remain that members of the Garda Síochána colluded with the IRA by passing his personal information. This family, like many others, deserve a comprehensive investigation. The Irish Government should not be let off the hook by simply hiding behind the ongoing legacy consultation in Northern Ireland or by resting on the unpublished findings of past investigations.
The Taoiseach and Irish Foreign Affairs Minister have not been slow to lament the possible implications of Brexit for border communities and peace in Northern Ireland. It is high time they addressed their failure to engage with innocent victims in these communities too. This is an opportunity for the Taoiseach to show that his commitment to people in border communities, including those who truly suffered most during decades of terrorism, go beyond cynical negotiation tactics.’’