Demand for PSNI chief to meet victims

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A victims’ group has demanded that the Chief Constable urgently visits families who lost loved ones in the 1987 IRA Enniskillen bombing.

Kenny Donaldson of Innocent Victims United made the call yesterday after his claims last week that the PSNI Historical Enquiries Team had decided not to question Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness about his alleged involvement in the atrocity.

Mr Donaldson told a Westminster public inquiry that the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) had advised the HET that it would “not be a good idea” to question Mr McGuinness – a claim the NIO has challenged.

The PSNI responded that it had recently met with Enniskillen families and was due to do so again soon, and that it would not be appropriate to comment on Mr Donaldson’s claims.

However, Aileen Quinton and Stephen Gault, whose mother and father respectively were killed in the attack, expressed anger at the claims, adding that they were not aware of any recent meetings with relatives.

Mr Donaldson said last night: “We expect the Chief Constable to be down in Enniskillen in a matter of days to meet with the bereaved families of the Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb to speak to them on these most serious of matters.”

He added that the Chief Constable has a duty to explain why the families have heard nothing on the case from the PSNI since November 2012 when the PSNI were investigating “a new line of inquiry”.