March 13, 2024
Dillon welcomes Gerard Coney inquest findings 

Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has praised the family of Gerard Coney for never giving up in their pursuit of truth and justice.

The Mid Ulster MLA said:

“Today at Gerard Coney’s inquest, the jury confirmed he was shot in the back by a British soldier at Long Kesh in 1974, with no warning given. 

“This is a vindication for Gerard’s family, including his sister Colette and brother Jim, who have campaigned with dignity and determination to establish the truth of what happened to Gerard.

“Today is a difficult and emotional day for Gerard’s family, but a day they needed to see for their brother and for family members who never lived to see today’s outcome.

“The British government’s cynical and cruel Legacy Act will close down inquests such as Gerard’s in just a matter of weeks. This shameful act is a flagrant breach of international human rights law and it should be scrapped.

“Sinn Féin will stand with families as they challenge this shameful law, and as they continue to campaign with dignity and determination for truth and justice.”

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