Statement by KRW LAW Conflict Litigation Dept
We act on behalf of the Stanley and O’Reilly families in their ongoing battle for justice over the1972 Loyalist attack In Belturbet County Cavan which killed Patrick Stanley and Geraldine O Reilly.
Today the Gardai announced a new investigation into the killings. We join the families of the deceased and their supporting NGO Justice for the Forgotten in welcoming this significant development.
The timing of the new investigation comes within days of an announcement by the Irish Attorney General that a new inquest into the atrocity will not occur just yet and in any event not until the out workings of the latest Gardai initiative.
Speaking today on the back of the revelation solicitor Kevin winters said
“I commend the patience and determination of the families in continuing to fight for justice and closure for the loss of their children. This is an extremely positive move by the Gardai. I cannot help but feel that putting pressure on the Attorney General to look at a new inquest may have had some bearing on the news we’ve received today. It shows potentially the authorities working collaboratively to try and deliver for families.
This news will also support pending civil proceedings in the High court in Belfast. We represent each of the families in ongoing claims for damages for collusion in relation to intelligence Issues connected to the killers and the State. The case is on all fours with a series of other similarly themed claims all of which point to serious investigative failures by the authorities in The North on Troubles related incidents in the Republic of Ireland.”