Historical Reports

Collusive behaviours but no prior knowledge of attacks

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Date Released:

14.01.2022

The Police Ombudsman has today published a report into the RUC's handling of paramilitary attacks by the UDA/UFF between 1989 and 1993 which resulted in 19 murders and multiple attempted murders. The Ombudsm...

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Police could not have prevented IRA mortar attack

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Date Released:

30.09.2021

The Police Ombudsman has found no evidence that police were in possession of information which, if acted upon, could have prevented an IRA mortar attack in Newry 1992 in which a police officer was killed and...

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Murder of Damien Walsh: “Significant investigative failures and collusive behaviours” by police

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Date Released:

22.07.2021

The Police Ombudsman, Mrs Marie Anderson, has identified significant investigative failures by the RUC in relation to the murder of 17-year-old Damien Walsh in 1993, as well as evidence of ‘collusive behavio...

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Significant police failures in relation to the deaths of four people at the outset of 'The Troubles'

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Date Released:

06.05.2021

The Police Ombudsman, Marie Anderson, has identified significant operational and investigative failures by the RUC in relation to the deaths of four people during severe disorder in Belfast on the night of 1...

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RUC did not protect murderers from justice

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Date Released:

18.10.2018

A Police Ombudsman investigation has found no evidence to indicate that RUC officers were complicit in the murder of a colleague nor protected those responsible from investigation.

New information adds weight to evidence linking RUC officers to assault: Police Ombudsman

Mr John Hemsworth

Date Released:

24.11.2016

An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has found new evidence about an attack on a man, during which he sustained injuries which led to his death.

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The murders at the Heights Bar in Loughinisland: Police Ombudsman report

Pictures of the six men who died in the Loughinisland attack

Date Released:

09.06.2016

The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has published a report this morning which reveals police informants at the most senior levels within Loyalist paramilitary organisations were involved in an importat...

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No evidence of police collusion in IRA murder: Police Ombudsman

Date Released:

04.12.2014

An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has found no evidence that police colluded to protect members of the IRA who killed a man in north Belfast.

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Information not provided due to interpretation of the law: Police Ombudsman

Police Ombudsman investigation report cover

Date Released:

Oct 2014

An investigation by the Police Ombudsman has confirmed that RUC Special Branch did not provide some information to detectives investigating the Omagh bombing, due to their interpretation of the law at that t...

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Murder of officer "preventable"

Date Released:

27.06.2014

Senior police officers within the RUC command structure were aware of a specific threat to one of their officers but failed to warn him about it and did not pass this information to the detectives who inves...

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