News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World News

Ireland: New Troubles inquests ordered for five Catholics killed by UVF

by Heather Preston
Troubles inquest catholic men.JPG - Banner image

Fresh inquests are being held for the five Catholic men in Mid-Ulster killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) over 30 years ago.

The victims, Sean Anderson, Thomas Armstrong, Dwayne O'Donnell, Thomas Casey and Phelim McNally were shot dead in four separate attacks across County Tyrone between November 1988 and March 1991.

Davina Bolton, daughter of Phelim McNally, says her father was an innocent man.

Family members have raised concerns that the killings, which were claimed by the UVF, may have involved soldiers from the Ulster Defence Regiment’s (UDR) 8th Battalion according to a report from the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

Following the discovery of new information not previously considered, Attorney General Brenda King has ordered new inquests into the deaths.

Gavin Booth, acting solicitor for the men's families, says the cases were linked "through suspects, geography and ballistics", according to the BBC.

“New evidence raises serious questions, not only about the 8th Battalion of the Ulster Defence Regiment, but also the failure of the police to prosecute these individuals," he said.

He is calling for the inquests to take place urgently, to ensure they are heard prior to the implementation of the NI Troubles Legacy Bill – legislation that would end legal proceedings concerning Troubles-related conduct, including inquests. The bill said to “deliver better outcomes” for those affected by the Troubles and “promote reconciliation” is due to be instated in 2024.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email