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LOUGHINISLAND FAMILIES TO LOBBY AND INFORM IRISH AMERICA

Victims and survivors of the Loughinisland atrocity will travel to America at the beginning of March to inform the Irish American community and politicians as to the crisis which is currently afflicting the political institutions generally and victims of the Troubles, personally.

The Good Friday Agreement which is 20 years old in April, is currently in tatters with intransigence to equality and parity of esteem for the nationalist identity the core reasoning for this. From the perspective of victims and survivors of state violence, the despair which afflicts the homes of thousands is personified by Clare and Emma Rogan. The Loughinisland families are representative of too many families who are persistently denied access to justice.

The British Government have failed to implement the legal architecture which had been previously politically agreed at the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements, which has created a justice vacuum. In the absence of a Historical Investigations Unit, the replacement for the failed HET, the inability of the Police Ombudsman to publish any further reports in accordance with his statutory duty under s62 of the Police Act 1998, and the failure to accede
to the request by the Lord Chief Justice for funds to resource legacy inquests, Britain’s compliance with its internationally binding legal obligations under article 2 of the European
Convention on Human Rights, was in tatters.

This Justice Vacuum has led to families taking to the streets, in a mass expression of frustration with a March for Truth on Sunday 25th February. The Loughinisland families have joined with the Ballymurphy Massacre Committee, the McGurks Bar Commemoration Committee, the Springhill Massacre Group, the Kellys Bar Campaign and the New Lodge Six Time for Truth Campaign, to appeal to the wider community for solidarity to demonstrate the depth of civic anger at this failure to protect the interests and needs of victims.

Clare and Emma Rogan will be joined by their solicitor Niall Murphy on a tour from Rockland County, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York City, presenting the film ‘No Stone Unturned’ facilitating discussions on the themes of the State policy of collusion, addressed in the film.

The families are proud to have had the benefit of the expertise of the film makers Alex Gibney, Trevor Birney and Eimhear O’Neill, who worked to present such a sensitive yet compelling film on their most personal life experience. Clare and Emma, have both publicly recorded the privilege and responsibility that they feel, as they consider that the film’s narrative is representative for the hopes, ambitions, anger and frustrations of so many other victim and survivors of trauma.

Whereas the film had an exceptional reception at the Irish cinema, having premiered at the New York Film Festival in September 2017, the families ambition with the film project, has been to use the film as a tool to prosecute the facts pertaining to their loss to as many people as possible. The families have presented the film with discussion and debate at Parliaments of Dáil Eireann, Westminster, Stormont and Strasbourg. In this vein, the families are grateful
U.S Representative Richie Neal for the time he has taken to ensure that the film will be shown at Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on Monday 5th March. The families are further grateful to Sean Pender of the AoH, Owen Rodgers, Fr Sean McManus, the Irish American Unity Conference, the Rockland County Community, the Brehon Law Society and Irish Screen America for their assistance in co-ordinating a busy and productive schedule of viewings to
complement the Capitol Hill screening.

NO STONE UNTURNED
Investigative documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney—best known for 2008’s Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and at least a dozen others—turns his sights on the 1994 Loughinisland massacre, a cold case that remains an open wound in the Irish peace process. The families of the victims—who were murdered while watching the World Cup in their local pub—were promised justice, but 20 years later they still didn’t know who killed their loved ones. Gibney uncovers a web of secrecy, lies, and corruption that so often results when the powerful insist they are acting for the greater good. The documentary exposes how senior elements of the British State actively colluded with an extra judicial loyalist killer gang, for one of the worst sectarian atrocities of the Troubles. This is the film that the British establishment do not want you to see.

REVIEWS
“Alex Gibney’s ‘No Stone Unturned’ Is An Audacious, Jaw-Dropping Work Of Journalism. It’s a line we’ve all heard before, and it’s almost always a lie. But this time it’s true. Alex Gibney’s documentary “No Stone Unturned” is actually The Movie They Didn’t Want You to See.” The Playlist “Long and detailed and frequently terrifying, Alex Gibney’s documentary about a 1994 massacre in a pub in Northern Ireland is investigative journalism at its rigorous best.”          Screen Daily

QUOTES
“The film is a terrifying illustration of the level of State collusion, which is timely, as one ofthe issues which confronts our society is the failure of our body politic to agree consensus as to dealing with the past. The film is a crystal clear example as to why the British Government cannot be permitted to benefit from a National Security veto, which they are attempting to negotiate, in respect of Legacy Issues. They don’t benefit from a National Security Veto in
respect of Police Ombudsman investigations so why should they be permitted such a veto in the new legacy architecture. What would the Police Ombudsman’s report in June 2016 have looked like, had the then Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers been permitted final editorial control?” Niall Murphy Solicitor

“I was 8 years old when my father was murdered. We maintained what we considered was a dignified silence, but on reflection our silence contributed to the secrecy of the State’s cover up. We have worked tirelessly on behalf of our loved ones since, and will not be silenced any longer. “No Stone Unturned” is a film that we want every person of Irish heritage or descent to watch and be angered by. This film will provoke the viewer, which unfortunately is required to relate an understanding as to the rights currently denied to those seeking access to justice. Our loved ones have no voice, but we will speak for them, until dignity is restored to their memory by the truth being revealed.” Emma Rogan.

ITINERARY
Friday 2nd March ROCKLAND COUNTY
7.30pm Hibernian House, 28 Railroad Avenue, Pearl River, NY
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM - ALL ARE WELCOME
Saturday 3rd March PHILADELPHIA
7pm AOH Division 39, 7229 Tulip Street, Philadelphia PA 19135
Monday 5th March WASHINGTON DC
7pm Capitol Visitors Center, 1E Capitol Street, NE, Washington DC 20003
Tuesday 6th March MANHATTAN
7.30pm Cantor Theatre, NYU, 36E 8th Street, New York, NY 10003 (between 5th Avenue and Broadway). This screening is hosted by Irish Screen America. Admission by ticket via Eventbrite.

BIOGRAPHIES
Emma Rogan MLA. Life long campaigner for Loughinisland Justice Group. Emma was 8 years old when her father Adrian was murdered at the Heights Bar Loughinisland, and was 18 when the families gathered to campaign for Truth and Justice on the 10th Anniversary of the atrocity. Emma is now 30 years old and was co-opted in June 2017 as the MLA for South Down, representing Sinn Féin.

Clare Rogan. Emma's mother and widow of Adrian. Clare has campaigned tirelessly in respect of her husbands murder, always believing that the State had covered up terrible crimes to prioritise their intelligence agenda. Clare has made presentations to Parliaments in Stormont, Dáil Éireann, Westminster, Brussels, Strasbourg and Washington DC and is a predominant narrator in the film No Stone Unturned.

Alex Gibney Alex is a documentary film director and producer, and has been described by Esquire magazine " the most important documentarian of our time". His career highlights asa Director include
- Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015),
- We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks,
- Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three primetime Emmy
awards),
- Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature);
- Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature);
- Casino Jack and the United States of Money;
- Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002.
- Alex is also Executive Producer of Dirty Money which was recently premiered on Netflix.

Niall Murphy. Niall is a partner at KRW Law LLP, a leading human rights practice, based in Belfast. The practice is instructed by a significant number of clients engaged in legacy litigation relating to conflict related deaths and injuries, appearing for those bereaved as a result of atrocities such as Loughinisland, Loughgall, Claudy, Clonoe, Kingsmill, the Dublin- Monaghan and McGurks Bar Bombings, the Glenanne Gang series of killings, Ormeau Road Bookmakers, the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombing amongst others. Niall is instructed on behalf of several families to act at the reopening of the ‘John Stalker / Shoot to Kill’ Inquests, relating to the murders of 6 unarmed men in 1982 by the RUC.

Niall is a Director of Belfast based NGO, Relatives for Justice and has made representations at the European Parliament in Brussels, to the EU Human Rights Commissioner in Strasbourg and also to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva as well as having presented lectures to Universities in Washington, Pittsburgh, Jersey City, Fordham University New York and
Harvard, Massachusetts.

Niall is a director of Brassneck Theatre Company, a Panel Member of the Human Rights Fund, an Honorary Chair of the Belfast International Homecoming and also sits on the Antrim GAA Human Resources Board. Niall is vice chairman of St Enda's GAC and a founder and Governor of Gaelscoil Éanna.

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