Government has built a ‘big wall’ to hide the truth, says Troubles victim

A man whose mother and two brothers were killed by loyalist paramilitaries has accused the Government of building a “big wall” to conceal the truth.

Dessie Trainor, 62, says legacy legislation will deny families simple answers about the deaths of their loved ones.

In 1975, when Mr Trainor was 13, his mother Dorothy was shot dead by Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) gunmen as she walked home in Portadown, Co Armagh, after a night out with his father Malachy, who was injured in the shooting.

Dessie Trainor was 13 when his mother was murdered in a gun attack (Liam McBurney/PA)

In 1978, another brother, Tommy, and his friend were shot dead by loyalists as they walked to sign on at the town’s dole office.

There were convictions in relation to that attack, but no one has faced justice for the murders of Dorothy or Ronnie Trainor.

Members of the notorious UVF Glenanne gang, whose membership included rogue members of the security forces, are suspected in both cases.

Mr Trainor said his life was “ruined” from the moment his mother was shot dead.

“The British Government says everything’s going to be OK, everything’s going to be rosy, but if we say ‘tell us the truth’ then it’s ‘oh no, we can’t do that’,” he said.

“That’s all I am looking for – all I am looking for is the truth of what happened to my mum and my two brothers.

“Why not tell the people that have been affected? I just don’t understand it.”

In regard to the Legacy Act’s aim of promoting reconciliation, Mr Trainor questioned whether ministers were expecting him to reconcile with those responsible for the murders of his family members.

“Who am I going to reconcile with? Who am I going to reconcile myself with?” he asked.

“I would love to go to somebody and say ‘OK, you were the people who’ve done this, can I reconcile with you?’.

“They’re probably not here (any more).”

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