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Morley lawyers claim secret agent Kevin Fulton involved in RUC killing

Lawyers representing the mother of murdered Newry man Eoin Morley have put forward claims that IRA informer Kevin Fulton, allegedly linked to the killing of Mr Morley, was also involved in the 1992 mortar bomb attack in Newry that killed RUC Constable Colleen McMurray.  They also claim that other attacks involving the secret agent were not properly investigated in order to protect his cover.

Eilish Morley is suing both the MoD and the PSNI over the killing of her son and she is also taking legal action against British Army Force Research Unit (FRU) agent, Peter Keeley, aka Kevin Fulton from Newry, for allegedly carrying out the killing. Mr Morley was shot twice in the back and left for dead by a gang of armed and masked men who dragged him from his girlfriend’s home in Iveagh Crescent in Newry on Easter Sunday April 1990.

At the time of his murder, Eoin Morley had been a member of the republican splinter group, the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation (IPLO) since his return to Newry in 1989, after he was ordered to leave the country when he left the Provisional IRA in 1986.

Mrs Morley claims the MoD either allegedly permitted the murder to happen or failed to prevent it taking place. Her action against the RUC claims they failed to carry out a proper investigation and that Special Branch officers withheld intelligence.

Suggestions that her son was an informer were dismissed by Mrs Morley immediately after his murder.

An investigation by former Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan concluded that the RUC failed to properly investigate Morley’s killing.  However, she also found there had been no effort by police to instigate a feud between the IRA and IPLO.

The MoD does not admit that Keeley was one of its secret agents and it also denies negligence and all other claims.

Fresh papers lodged at the High Court by Mrs Morley’s solicitor, Claire McKeegan of KRW Law, allege that following the killing of Mr Morley, Keeley also played a role in further IRA operations which the MoD should have known about.

Those attacks are said to include the 1992 mortar attack on a police mobile patrol that killed Constable McMurray and seriously injured one of her colleagues.

The shooting of two Newry men in front of their families in September and November 1990 is also mentioned in the statement of claim which read:

“The third defendant (the Chief Constable) failed to effectively investigate these incidents or the second defendant (Keeley)’s involvement in them, because it was regarded as too important not to terminate his cover.”

Other confidential material obtained by the plaintiff’s legal team was also advanced before proceedings were adjourned after counsel for the PSNI indicated he needed time to formulate an opinion.