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Irish Government in Correspondence with Attorney General over Crowley report

Published: 17 April, 2019

Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has said she is disappointed but not surprised by Minister Charlie Flanagan's refusal to release the Crowley report. In correspondence with Fermanagh and Omagh council the Minister reiterated the long-held position of the Irish Government to prevent the publication of the report. It was furthermore revealed in the correspondence with the council that the Irish Government are in correspondence with the Attorney General regarding the Crowley report.

In response to the correspondence the Sinn Féin group got support to send a delegation from the council to meet minister Flanagan on the issue. Speaking councillor Fitzgerald said:

"In the correspondence received from the minister's office he has reiterated the position of the Irish Government, a position which we believe is regressive. Whilst we are not surprised, we are nonetheless disappointed.

"However, he also revealed in the letter that the Irish Government were in correspondence with the Attorney General about the Crowley report. Whilst we are not sure about what level of detail is being worked through this is a welcome development. Any mechanism that can be used to release the Crowley report should be used and this development, whilst unknown before now this has to be welcomed.

"We have written, once more, to minister Flanagan requesting a delegation from the council meet with him to put our opinions to the Minister in person. The McAnespie family deserve the truth and justice they have fought for and it is only right the Irish Government do the right thing and release the report.CRÍOCH