THE refusal by Tánaiste Joan Burton to meet with the family of murdered Donegal councillor Eddie Fullerton has been described as a ‘disgrace’.
The meeting had been requested by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn who said the family deserved ‘truth and respect’ following recent reports of collision in the murder at Cllr Fullerton’s home in Buncrana.
“Following new revelations on collusion, I had asked the Tánaiste during Leaders Questions to meet to listen to the Fullerton family’s concerns regarding the circumstances leading to his murder and the subsequent investigation by Gardaí.
“I have since written to the Tánaiste to seek to arrange a convenient time. I have now received a reply from the Tánaiste’s office to inform me that the Tánaiste is too busy to meet with the family. I think her excuse is a disgrace.
“In 1984, it was a Labour Minister, Liam Kavanagh, who refused to meet Cllr Eddie Fullerton in Leinster House. It appears that history is now repeating itself with the Labour Tánaiste not having the decency to afford the Fullerton family the time that they deserve.
“Despite the deep hurt caused to the family and the dismissive attitudes of state authorities, they have been relentless in their campaign for the truth. They deserve truth and respect, not further provocation and dismissal. I don’t believe that Tánaiste Burton can’t find the time to help the family get to this truth.”