Martin McGuinness says he is willing to speak to daughter of murdered Caroline Moreland

Martin McGuinness says he is willing to speak to daughter of murdered Caroline Moreland

SINN Fein chief Martin McGuinness is willing to meet the daughter of a woman murdered by the IRA’s ‘Nutting Squade’ for being a police tout.

Sinn Féin has said the deputy first Minister and former IRA chief of staff and Army Council member is “more than willing” to have a face-to-face with Shauna Moreland.

She is trying to find answers as to why the IRA shot dead her mother just a few weeks before it called its ceasefire.

Shauna Moreland said she wanted to ask him: “Were you on the (IRA) army council? Did you order my mum’s death?

Mr McGuinness has previously said he has no knowledge of the 1994 murder of mother of three Caroline Moreland.

He described the murder as “an absolute tragedy” and denied being on the IRA army council.

Caroline Moreland was taken from her home in west Belfast, tortured, killed with her body on the Fermanagh border near Rosslea.

The IRA’s ‘Nutting Squad’ had kidnapped her after it was told she was passing information to RUC Special Branch.

Shauna Moreland has been searching for answers for over 20 years.

She was just nine when her mum was abducted and murdered.

“The questions that I would have for him I would just like an honest opinion instead of the same answer that’s given for every question that’s posed.

“They don’t want to answer, it’s just ‘we weren’t involved, we weren’t there’.

“It’s not good enough, it’s not good enough for people anymore.”

Ms Moreland added that other families are also looking for answers about the deaths of their relatives.

“There are 11 or 12 other families. None of us are out to cause trouble or negativity toward the peace process.

She added: “None of us want to go back to the way it was before. We just want answers and truth. And justice for our relatives.”

A Sinn Féin spokesperson said: “Martin McGuinness is more than willing to meet with Shauna Moreland.

“Mr McGuinness has already outlined to the Spotlight programme that it is certainly not the case that he was on the IRA army council.

“The killing of Caroline Moreland, like the deaths of all victims of the conflict, was an absolute tragedy, particularly for her young family.”

On Tuesday, a BBC NI Spotlight programme revealed details of final recordings made by Ms Moreland while being against her will by the IRA

Reporter Darragh McIntyre played the recording in his car and viewers heard her “confessing” to being an informer.

She appealed to other informants to “come forward” saying they would not be harmed.

Days later, Ms Moreland was shot dead with several bullet wounds to the head.


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