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Stop the Cover Up -- Give Us Peace

Tell The Truth rally, Derry, April 16th 2005, Justice for Jimmy Campaign

Kathleen Coyle • 16 April 2005

It has been over a month now since we've called on the IRA to lift this terrible cloud from over the heads of this family, yet there has been only silence from that organisation.

Bart Fisher remains a member of the IRA and a prisoner on the paramilitary wing of Maghaberry jail, yet he is still a criminal, the convicted killer of our Jimmy. The threat that was issued to this family continues to haunt us and the injury caused by the intimidation during the trial festers like an open wound.

We have called on the IRA to apologise to us for the treatment we received, to lift the threat made against us, to state if they consider our Jimmy's murder to be a crime and to expel Bart Fisher from their ranks and we repeat that call here today.

We are also repeating our call to Sinn Fein to state clearly their position on our case and to end the cover-up which they have engaged in over Jimmy's murder.

Around one and half months after Jimmy's murder a prominent member if Sinn Fein came to see Eileen McGinley in her home. He was accompanied by a man who would allow his office to be used by the IRA to intimidate, bully and ultimately threaten this family.

They had come to complain to Eileen about an argument up the town between Jimmy's friends and men associated with Bart Fisher. Eileen asked them to tell her why Jimmy was killed and they told her that Jimmy was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that it wasn't meant for him, but for Ciaran Breslin, the man who was with Jimmy that night.

If they know that Bart Fisher meant to inflict injury when he returned to the scene of the initial argument with Jimmy and Ciaran, then they know that he murdered Jimmy. It was no accident. It was murder.

Mitchell McLaughlin said on local radio that he was told that the IRA did not claim Bart Fisher as a member. But let me tell you, I was there when two IRA men said to me that Bart Fisher was a member of the IRA and then they threatened us not to touch him on his release from prison. I was there and so was Jimmy's brother Eugene and we are not telling lies. We are telling the truth and we want the IRA and Sinn Fein to do the same.

Why are they covering up for him? Why is he still a member of the Republican Movement? Is this the sort of policing that our communities are to expect from those who claim to be struggling for justice in our name?

Our pain and our anger remain undiminished. The awful sense of injustice that is eating away at this family feels like a cancer amongst us.

We believe that a member of the IRA murdered Jimmy and that his comrades in the IRA and in Sinn Fein, not only know this, but have celebrated it. They then decided to police this grieving family using intimidation, bullying and finally threats and they should be ashamed of what they've done.

We take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to this campaign for justice. We are calling on those responsible for this to come forward to bring this to an end.

We want to make it perfectly clear that this is not a Republican beating exercise. There are Republicans amongst us. We do not mean to effect the greater political environment any more than we need to in order to bring this campaign to a successful conclusion.

There is no hidden hand, no secret political backers. There is only this family and a friend and all of us want to face the future in peace. We are calling on the Provisional Movement give us that peace.

We offer solidarity to the Robinson and McCartney families and we thank them for being here today. We will be there for you too if you need us. We offer solidarity to all of those families in Ireland who have suffered injustice as a result of this terrible conflict.

Our graveyards are littered with our non-combatant dead. Please end it.

Thank you all for your support.



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29 April 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

I Believe
Eamon Sweeney

Behaving Justly
Anthony McIntyre

Stop the Cover Up -- Give Us Peace
Kathleen Coyle

Justice Needs Done
Damien Okado-Gough

More Than Politics to NI Process
David Adams

Jude the Obscure Republican
Anthony McIntyre

Shared Ultra Conservatism
Dr John Coulter

* More Election Coverage *

Europe and the General Election
John O'Farrell


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Robert McCartney's family appeal to Sinn Fein
McCartney Family

Kevin Cunningham

'Dreary Ireland'
Anthony McIntyre

An Ireland of Welcomes Should Be
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Brian Mór

A Spartan's Story
Anthony McIntyre

* Election Coverage *

Martin Cunningham, Newry and Mourne District Council



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