Socialist Worker

Rosemary Nelson death report cover-up

Issue No. 2253

The publication of the inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland solicitor Rosemary Nelson in 1999 continues the state cover-up of her death.

The inquiry found no evidence of security forces collusion with the Loyalist paramilitaries who killed her when a bomb went off under her car at her home in Lurgan.

The best the report can do is point to “negligence”, noting that, “RUC Special Branch failed to take into account all the intelligence and the open information available to them.”

The RUC did more than that. Rosemary Nelson was repeatedly abused and threatened by police officers.

An assault on her by police officers in Portadown two years before her death “had the effect of legitimising her as a target” in the eyes of Loyalists, noted the inquiry.

Even the report states that it cannot rule out “a rogue member or members of the security forces assisting the murderers to target her.” That is not negligence—it’s collusion.

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Article information

Tue 24 May 2011, 17:59 BST
Issue No. 2253
Share this article


Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.