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Statement from the Morley Family

"We seem to have lost. We have not lost. To refuse to fight would have been to lose; to fight is to win. We have kept faith with the past, and handed on a tradition to the future." Padraig Pearse, at court-martial on day before his execution, May2, 1916


The Morley Family • 5 April 2007

In this weeks An Phoblact, the PIRA issue a statement in which they apologize for the murder of Eoin Morley in Newry in 1990. They go on to say that they never issued any order for Eoin's murder, and they also apoligise for trying to stigmatise Eoin's memory by calling him an informant at the time, an allegation they now concede was false, and only used in a desperate attempt to justify the indefensible, and blacken Eoin's name. The Morley family have always been, and will remain, a Republican family. We will not let the Provisional movement hijack an ideal we passionately believe in. The following is a response from the Morley family to the PIRA statement in this weeks An Phoblact.

The Morley family would like to comment on the statement from the IRA regards the murder of Eoin.

Seventeen years have passed since Eoin was shot on Easter Sunday 1990. We understand that it would have been easier for the Provisional movement to continue with the charade that were the ever changing “reasons” given to try to justify Eoin’s murder. For the PIRA to take the unprecedented step of fully retracting the explanation given at the time and in subsequent statements, and to apologise for what happened is a bold move and we, Eoin’s family, welcome it.

We have always known that the PIRA did not sanction Eoin's murder. Privately many members of the Provisional movement confirmed this and expressed their disgust at what happened. From the outset we suspected that Eoin died at the hands of British agents.

Sadly history has proved us right. The statement from the IRA, and the recent investigation from the police ombudsman, Nuala O'Loan ,confirm what we, Eoin's family, and Republicans in Newry have known for years.

Eoin was an active republican. The only people to benefit from his murder were the enemies of Republicanism. It has now been established that the RUC Special Branch shielded Eoin's killers, helping them to plan the killing and avoid prosecution, even though a wealth of evidence was available against them.

Collusion took many forms throughout the conflict, from the blatant targeting of Catholics by the RUC and their loyalist allies, to the age old tactic of using paid agents planted within the IRA and other Republican groups, who were used to agitate from within, all to a FRU and RUC special branch agenda.

Eoin was murdered on Easter Sunday, still wearing his Easter lilly on his lapel. Easter Sunday is a day that is special to all Republicans. On that day we remember all those throughout the years who made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of the goals laid out in the proclamation of 1916. Eoin Morley also paid the ultimate price, murdered by British agents because he dared to take up the fight. On this Easter Sunday, and every one to follow, we the Morley family will remember them all.
































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9 April 2007

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Back to the Old RUC Ways
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Cross Border Co-Operation
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Statement from the Morley Family
The Morley Family

Time for Truth is Now
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Revising the Uprising?
Paul Maguire

Easter 2007 Oration
Francis Mackey

Stormont an Obstacle to Realising Ideals of 1916
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Destined for the Dustbin of History
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A Beginning Must Be Made
Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh

Vision for Northern Ireland
Ian Eggleston

House Trained At Last
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Bullies Top the List
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Niall Griffiths' antidote to the 'Vomit Novel'
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Two Looks Back in Time
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Blame It On The Shinners, Bono & That Freak Sir Bob
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Levi's Law
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Facing Up to Reality of Holocaust
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The Big Bribe
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Everywhere The Past
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The Prince of Darkness
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