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Robert McCartney’s family appeal to Sinn Fein

McCartney Family • 24 April 2005

In light of recent comments by Gerry Adams that he will do all he can to help the family and recent newspaper reports that another main suspect in Robert’s murder is still apparently, a Sinn Fein member the family ask Gerry Adam’s to address the following immediately.

Sinn Fein’s response, in the interest of accountability and transparency, should be a public one:

  1. Clarify why it took Sinn Fein two weeks to approach the family after Robert’s murder, given that it was common knowledge that some of its members were involved?
  2. When did Alex Maskey and Joe O’Donnell become aware of the circumstances surrounding Robert’s murder?
  3. What led to both men’s immediate assessment that Robert’s murder was part of a growing ‘knife culture’?
  4. When did Sinn Fein become aware that Cora Groogan had been present in Magennis’, along with other party candidates, on the 30th January?
  5. What explanation did they give the party for not coming forward to the police, ombudsman or the party?
  6. When did the party launch its internal investigation?
  7. What is its purpose?
  8. If the party is conducting its own internal investigation will they make the outcome public?
  9. What is the timescale likely to be?
  10. Why did no Sinn Fein members go forward voluntarily and immediately to the police or ombudsman?
  11. How many members of Sinn Fein were in the bar on the night Robert was murdered?
  12. How many have been suspended?
  13. On what grounds is the suspension?
  14. When were they suspended?
  15. Who has resigned?
  16. Why have they resigned?
  17. Is the party aware that statements passed to Nuala O’Loan from Sinn Fein members have not been signed?
  18. How many Sinn Fein party members in the bar that night were or still are election workers for Alex Maskey?





























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A Spartan's Story
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Aine Gribbon, Antrim Town Council

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