Father James Chesney

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman in his report on the Claudy bombing that "the actions of the senior RUC Officers, in seeking and accepting the Government's assistance in dealing with the problem that Father Chesney's alleged wrongdoing presented, was by definition a collusive act"; whether they were party to that collusive act; and what is their working definition of collusion.

Photo of Lord Shutt of Greetland Lord Shutt of Greetland Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) , Liberal Democrat Lords Chief Whip

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on behalf of the Government, made a Statement following publication of the report of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, conveying his profound sorrow that Father Chesney was not properly investigated for his suspected involvement in this hideous crime, and that the victims and their families have been denied justice. A copy of this Statement was placed in the Library of the House. This Statement was also repeated by the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Government have not defined collusion for themselves; rather, they have relied on the definitions used by those independent figures carrying out relevant reviews and inquiries.

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