Men held over Fullerton death freed


Two men arrested by police in Northern Ireland over the loyalist murder of a Sinn Féin councillor across the border in Co Donegal 18 years ago were released without charge tonight.

A 41-year-old man was arrested earlier today in the north west of the province at the request of the Garda. A second man aged 45 was arrested a short time later when he presented himself to a police station in Co Antrim.

Donegal councillor Eddie Fullerton was shot dead by the loyalist Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) at his home just across the Donegal border in Buncrana in 1991.

The two men were questioned at the serious crime suite in Antrim before being released unconditionally, a PSNI spokesman said.

Just before the releases, Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness said it was his hope that the arrests would mark the beginning of the emergence of the truth surrounding the murder “and the subsequent failure of the Guards and the RUC to rigorously pursue his killers”.