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'licence to kill' TD calls for suspected UDA mass killer behind murder of Sinn Fein man to be prosecuted

TD Pádraig MacLochlainn said “it is absolutely astonishing” the suspected killer has never been brought to justice and has a “licence to kill”

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Eddie Fullerton was shot dead in his home by the UDA

Eddie Fullerton was shot dead in his home by the UDA

Eddie Fullerton was shot dead in his home by the UDA

A Donegal TD has called for a suspected paramilitary mass killer, known as ‘Person K’, thought be involved in 17 murders, to be brought to justice.

Person K’ was recently referred to in a Police Ombudsman report which looked into the RUC’s handling of attacks by the UDA and their cover group, the UFF, and allegations of collusion between the groups and the RUC, between 1989 and 1993.

19 killings were mentioned in the report, including that of Sinn Féin councillor Edward ‘Eddie’ Fullerton in 1991.

Mr Fullerton was shot dead in his home in Buncrana in May of that year by the UDA.

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Garda officers outside the home Eddie Fullerton after the attack

Garda officers outside the home Eddie Fullerton after the attack

Garda officers outside the home Eddie Fullerton after the attack

It was later revealed in a documentary that an RUC file on the councillor with personal details and a photo of him was found in the possession of the UDA in Derry.

Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pádraig MacLochlainn, speaking in the Dáil, said “it is absolutely astonishing” the suspected killer has never been brought to justice and has a “licence to kill”.

He added: “This person, whose identity is known to me and, more importantly, the families and their legal representatives, is a mass murderer who was given a licence to kill by the British State.

“This person is closely identified with the murders of Gerard Casey, Councillor Eddie Fullerton, Thomas Donaghy, Danny Cassidy, Malachy Carey and the massacres at Castlerock and Greysteel. In the case of the murder of Malachy Carey, the person convicted as a getaway driver in that murder said he got the car from Person K.

“The getaway car was registered in Person K's name yet Person K was never arrested. That is what the ombudsman uncovered. Person K was at the scene of murder after murder and, again and again, was not brought to justice.”

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