Rosemary Nelson Inquiry Report

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 4:05 pm on 23rd May 2011.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 4:05 pm, 23rd May 2011

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his question, and I pay tribute to him for his service as Secretary of State. He is absolutely right that the report makes it quite clear that there were omissions, and that if the Northern Ireland Office or the RUC had done certain things, the risk would have been reduced. However, it was also incumbent on Mrs Nelson to accept security advice at the time and ask for security help. I made it clear in my statement that I regret that those omissions meant that the risk was not reduced, but we have to face the fact that under the circumstances, it was impossible to eliminate the risk.

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Aran Black
Posted on 4 Jun 2011 2:22 pm (Report this annotation)

"incumbent on Mrs Nelson to accept security advice "!! Either this is lazy comment or deliberate but this says a lot about the attitute to Ms Nelson's death. It tells me that the minister does not accept that the death was fully the fault of the RUC/Civil Servants. It was probably unwise to allow this inquiry to go ahead given that this reportas written by one of the accused - The British! There was a war - the British versus the Catholics of Northern Ireland.