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SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley has said that the murder of John Mallon 40 years ago underscores once again the need for the past to be dealt with comprehensively during the current talks process. 

He said “The issue of collusion is a serious one and one which underscores the need for issues of the past to be dealt with and resolved.  People deserve to know the truth about their loved ones. Those who want investigations to be carried out and, where possible, convictions sought should have their wishes met by the State.  Victims and their families deserve at least that.

“That is the challenge facing the current talks.  Everyone, including republican and loyalist paramilitaries, as well state forces must be open to telling the whole truth.  We have had enough of self-protection, cover-ups and evasion.  The only way that we can move forward is on the basis of the full disclosure of truth.

Also commenting on the event was SDLP Newry Councillor Kevin Mc Ateer who commended the organisers of the recent commemoration event that took place in Newry Foresters remembering the death of John Mallon who died as a result of a UDA attack on Hughes Bar in the city 40 years ago.

Cllr Mc Ateer said "Mr Mallon was only 21 at the time of the attack and died two weeks later as a result of injuries sustained in the bomb. John Mallon was an innocent civilian socialising with friends when he was so cruelly murdered.  He is not just another statistic but a much loved member of his family and community who is still sorely missed."

Councillor Gary Stokes who also attended the event said ‘The event brought the focus clearly on the collusion between some elements  within the UDR & RUC with loyalist paramilitaries and in particular, the Glenanne Gang who were responsible for the Hughes bar bomb that killed John Mallon and scores of other murders. 

“We already know the truth about their activities and need to have that acknowledged by the State.”

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