SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed a belated apology from the PSNI to the family of murdered GAA official Sean Brown.
Mr McGlone said an inquest into Mr Brown’s murder must now commence as soon as possible.
Mr Brown was abducted in Bellaghy in May 1997 and murdered by the LVF.
Police have apologised over failures in the RUC investigation into his murder.
Mid Ulster MLA Mr McGlone said, “My thoughts are with the family of Sean Brown who have finally received the apology they deserve exactly 25 years on from his murder. It has been a long journey for the family as they have tirelessly campaigned to secure truth and justice for their loved one’s murder and I hope this statement from the PSNI brings some comfort to them.
“The SDLP has long highlighted the failings of the investigations into Mr Brown’s murder and stood with his family as they have attempted to establish the circumstances surrounding his death and the reasons a proper investigation did not take place. I welcome the PSNI’s acknowledgement of these failures following on from the findings of the Police Ombudsman and Historical Enquiries Team.
“It is of the utmost importance that the inquest into Mr Brown’s death commences as soon as possible so that the family finally receive the answers they have waited over two decades for. There can be no more dither or delay around this case, the failings surrounding the initial investigation have been public knowledge for some time and the Brown family shouldn’t have to wait any longer for justice.”