Trevor Ringland: ‘Lord chief justice must set out plan to deal with unsolved terrorist murders’

Sir Declan Morgan, the lord chief justice of Northern Ireland. Trevor Ringland says: "As head of our justice system he needs to respond to this matter of 700 unsolved security force murders. This should include a clear plan, with resources, to deal with these murders, bearing in mind that the law officers and soldiers gave their lives to protect the people of this island"
Sir Declan Morgan, the lord chief justice of Northern Ireland. Trevor Ringland says: "As head of our justice system he needs to respond to this matter of 700 unsolved security force murders. This should include a clear plan, with resources, to deal with these murders, bearing in mind that the law officers and soldiers gave their lives to protect the people of this island"

In a letter to the News Letter last week (‘Where is the six-year plan to investigate 700 unsolved security force murders,’ Feb 28), I highlighted that over 700 murders of members of the security forces remain unsolved.

There has been no response to that letter.

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

So let me emphasise, the lord chief justice, as the head of our justice system in Northern Ireland, needs to respond to this matter.

This should include a clear plan, with resources, to deal with these murders, bearing in mind that the law officers and soldiers gave their lives to protect the people of this island and prevented a civil war? The events that cost them their lives were an unnecessary tragedy.

Many others who were victims of loyalist and republican paramilitary violence, as well as some who were affected by police and army criminality, have stayed quiet and showed tremendous grace in order to let our peace / political process evolve. The two governments have insulted those families time and again, by pandering to those who promoted hatred and fed our conflict.

Those people, many of whom were involved in movements that used terror as a political weapon, like to act as if they gave us peace. The reality is that they gave us war.

Now they are among the clamour of voices demanding that legacy focuses on the state and a small number of incidents, some of which were admittedly very wrong.

It’s time to deal with crimes of the past in a way that remembers the forgotten victims, who have kept quiet to let the peace process develop, while protecting that peace and allowing it to bed down.

Trevor Ringland, Solicitor, Holywood

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