IRA men were ‘summarily executed’ - Molloy

SINN Féin MLA Francie Molloy said that it was clear from the inquest into the deaths of IRA Volunteers Dessie Grew and Martin McCaughey that they were summarily executed.

Francie Molly said: “The provision of an inquest system which complies with international human rights standards is a key part of transforming the justice system. Like other parts of the justice system, a coroner’s court must engender confidence in the administration of justice.

“This inquest verdict diminishes both the justice system and public confidence in the defence of human rights. The families of those killed have the same rights as every other bereaved family. The outcome of this inquest will only serve to reinforce the view that Irish republicans and their families are not treated equally to others.

“One irrefutable fact was established. The British State used lethal force to execute two Irish citizens in their own country. To describe this as reasonable is an outrage

“Dessie Grew and Martin McCaughey were courageous IRA Volunteers. It is clear from the evidence produced at the inquest that they were executed in a shoot-to-kill operation by the British State.

“Sinn Féin respect the memory of Dessie and Martin and hundreds of other volunteers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war. Our thoughts at this time are with their families and friends.”