Pub shooting victim’s daughter takes justice campaign to House of Commons
30 March, 2018
SHE sat silently in the corner, despite the years still recognisable as the girl in the film, whose life was torn apart in one of the worst killings in Northern Ireland’s history.
Emma Rogan, now a Sinn Fein politician, was in the House of Commons on Tuesday for the latest stage in the 23-year justice campaign for the victims of the Loughinisland massacre when six people were gunned down by Loyalist terrorists.
In 1994, she had been planning her eighth birthday when her mother broke the news her father, Adrian, was among the dead. He had been in the village pub watching the Republic of Ireland win a World Cup football match when the gunmen walked in with machine guns and fired randomly. The murders shattered the tiny northern Irish village and reverberated around the world.
The gunmen, who were heard laughing as they walked out, were identified but never charged. Their guns, car and DNA were found – then controversially destroyed, along with police records. Last summer, the police ombudsman reported “collusion” with British security forces. Perversely, one of the alleged gunmen still lives in Loughinisland, a few minutes from Rogan’s family home.
After a screening of the award-winning documentary, No Stone Unturned, lawyer for the families Naill Murphy and Sinn Fein MP Chris Hazzard urged support for the Loughinisland campaign and for Labour to support calls for a “legacy” inquiry into killings during the Troubles. Earlier they and Rogan had lobbied Downing Street over its refusal to fund a legacy inquiry.
It has been a long road for Rogan, who is touring with the documentary but relives the killings each time she watches it.