Coroner’s stance on killing of IRA men ‘untenable’

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A coroner’s continued resistance to a legal challenge to the inquest verdict on the shooting of two IRA men is untenable, it has been claimed.

Lawyers for one of the men’s families argued he should withdraw due to non-disclosure of information about the soldiers’ roles in other lethal incidents.

Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew were armed when an SAS unit opened fire on them in 1990.

A jury which heard the inquests in 2012 found the killings to be justified. McCaughey’s sister is now attempting to have this overturned.

Outside court solicitor Fearghal Shiels said information on soldiers’ involvement in other lethal incidents “is now being routinely provided in other cases”.

He said this “makes the coroner’s decision to defend these proceedings untenable”.