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Family of Kathleen O’Hagan meet Police Ombudsman

THE family of Kathleen O’Hagan, who was brutally murdered by loyalists 25 years ago, have met with the Police Ombudsman to call for answers surrounding the killing.

Mrs O’Hagan was shot dead at her home in Creggan in front of her five children in the summer of 1994. She was heavily pregnant at the time of the attack which caused outrage throughout the community.

Yesterday (Wednesday) a number of her family members joined with West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP, Órfhlaith Begley and Relatives for Justice for the meeting with the Police Ombudsman. They reiterated their call for answers to the murder and say the investigation was ‘botched’ from the outset.

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Speaking following the meeting, Kathleen’s sister-in-law, Rose Cahill, said it was totally unacceptable that the family should have to wait so long for the truth about the murder.

“First and foremost, Kathleen’s murder had a devastating impact on the O’Hagan and McPeake families who are still trying to come to terms with it after 25 years,” she said.

“Today we reiterated our belief that there was British state and loyalist collusion in her murder and that the police failed to hold a proper investigation.

“We remain committed and determined to get answers and justice for Kathleen and there is an onus on the Police Ombudsman to complete a robust investigation and deliver the truth for our family without further delay.”

Órfhlaith Begley said there were many unanswered questions surround the murder .

“Kathleen’s husband and two sons have died without seeing justice prevail for their much loved wife and mother. The ongoing delays are allowing opportunities for truth and justice to die,” she said.

“The O’Hagan family are entitled to answers and I will continue to exert pressure on the family’s behalf.

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“The anger at the nature of her death is compounded by the firm belief that there was a high degree of state collusion in her murder.

“From the very outset, the police investigation appeared to be botched with vital pieces of evidence and forensic opportunities not pursued.

“The British state must be answerable for the crimes it has committed in Ireland, instead of covering up its role in the conflict, including the role of British state forces, agents and their proxies in loyalist death squads.”

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