04/03/2022

Donohoe Family 'Entitled To Transparency'

The family of Noah Donohoe are entitled to "transparency and answers as opposed to secrecy and cover-up", Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has told a meeting of the Policing Board.

Following his meeting with the Board, Mr Kelly said: "On 2nd November 2021 at a Policing Board meeting, I asked the PSNI Chief Constable to withdraw any application to redact or withhold information from Fiona Donohoe, Noah Donohoe's mother. I was told there would be a decision within weeks.

"Today, four months later, I had to repeat that ask at another public session of the Policing Board. There is still no decision.

"Public Interest Immunity certificates (PII) are used to hold back information. They were and are extensively used to hold back information in conflict legacy cases.

"This inquest is about the death of a 14-year-old child. It is not conflict related.

"There is an unprecedented petition of 300,000 signatures supporting Fiona Donohoe's plea to see all the evidence at the Coroner's inquest into her son's death.

"Fiona Donohoe deserves and is entitled to transparency and answers as opposed to secrecy and cover-up.

"This is a Stephen Lawrence moment for the PSNI.

"They need to act with urgency to show they are more interested in victims than in holding back information. If 'public interest' is the reason given then they must understand that Noah's mother getting the whole truth is, surely, in the public interest."

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