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Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire

Police Ombudsman takes legal action against PSNI

03 JUNE 2014

BY STEVEN MCCAFFERY

NORTHERN Ireland’s Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire is to launch a legal action against Chief Constable Matt Baggott over the failure to provide information on major investigations including killings from the Troubles.

The dramatic move follows long-running complaints over delays in the police supplying of documents and intelligence to investigators reviewing allegations of security force wrongdoing.

The ombudsman is understood to have instructed former Director of Public Prosecutions in England and Wales Sir Keir Starmer to seek a judicial review of the police conduct.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994
The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

Police Ombudsman opening new investigation into Loughinisland

19 DECEMBER 2012

The new Police Ombudsman, Michael Maguire, has capitulated to pressure from relatives of the six men murdered in the Loughinisland massacre, and agreed to hold a new investigation into the police's handling of the atrocity.

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The six men killed in the Loughinisland massacre

Irish soccer team to wear black armbands to commemorate Loughinisland atrocity

16 MAY 2012 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Irish soccer team to wear black arm band to commemorate Loughinisland attrocity

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Police Ombudsman's Office

Delays and backlogs feared during "Interim Ombudsman" phase

08 JANUARY 2012 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

THE temporary replacement for Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman may not have the legal powers to recommend prosecution against police officers when she takes over at the end of this month, the Detail has learned.

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Al Hutchinson under pressure to quit

New report puts pressure on Hutchinson to quit or be sacked

04 SEPTEMBER 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson is under pressure to quit as a new report reveals a damning indictment of OPONI under his leadership

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Investigators believe key murder intelligence is withheld from them

14 AUGUST 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

The Detail can today reveal a damning new report's recommendation that the Police Ombudsman's Office be suspended from investigating Troubles murders and raises concerns over a "lowering of independence" regarding its relationship with the police.

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Where was Special Branch in Loughinisland massacre?

26 JUNE 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

IF the Police Ombudsman’s report into the McGurk’s Bar attrocity highlighted his reluctance to grapple with collusion, his report into Loughinisland is startling by its absence of another crucial piece of the picture: the role of Special Branch.

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The six men killed in the Loughinisland massacre

Where was Special Branch in Loughinisland massacre?

23 JUNE 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

IF the Police Ombudsman’s report into the McGurk’s Bar attrocity highlighted his reluctance to grapple with collusion, his report into Loughinisland is startling by its absence of another crucial piece of the picture: the role of Special Branch.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

Loughinisland: the Ombudsman's report - but key issues remain unaddressed

23 JUNE 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

THE failure by police to secure convictions after the Loughinisland massacre was down to incompetence and a lack of commitment - and not collusion, the Police Ombudsman has concluded.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

New delay in Loughinisland report

08 MAY 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson has confirmed that the long awaited report into Loughinisland will be delayed for another month

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Former Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan with Sam Pollock

Senior civil servants accused of 'meddling' in Ombudsman's office

17 APRIL 2011 – CHRIS MOORE

SAM Pollock’s decision to leave his position as chief executive officer of the Ombudsman’s office has rocked the administration of justice here. His strong words may yet inspire a formal inquiry.

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Former Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson
Former Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson

Ombudsman: It'll take 25 years to finish Troubles reports

11 APRIL 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

The Detail can reveal the Police Ombudsman has secured nearly £5m to deal with Troubles-related murders.

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PSNI officers on patrol
PSNI officers on patrol

Has ombudsman led to greater accountability in policing?

11 APRIL 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

Kathleen O'Toole and Maurice Hayes discuss whether Patten has brought about a new era in policing for Northern Ireland

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The six men killed in the Loughinisland massacre
The six men killed in the Loughinisland massacre

`Police ignored my evidence' says Loughinisland eyewitness

28 MARCH 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

An investigation by the Detail can now reveal claims that the killers’ getaway car was hidden on a policeman’s farm for a decade, despite the families having been told that the car had been destroyed two years after the attack.

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The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994
The aftermath of the Loughinisland massacre in 1994

Loughinisland: collusion or myth?

28 MARCH 2011 – BARRY MCCAFFREY

For 12 years the Loughinisland families mourned the loss of their loved ones in silence. They kept that silence, they say, because of police assurances that no stone would be left unturned in the hunt for the killers.

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