Agenda item

Suspension of Standing Orders - Death of Mr Sammy Devenny

Minutes:

Councillor Donnelly Proposed a Suspension of Standing Orders, Seconded by Councillor Carr to allow consideration of a proposal.

 

After voting by a show of hands, the result was as follows:

For – 28; Against – 5; Abstentions 0.

 

The Proposal was carried and met the qualified majority threshold.

 

The Mayor then invited Councillor Donnelly to address the Chamber.

Councillor Donnelly stated that a number of Elected Representatives had attended a service in St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Mr Sammy Devenny.   He stated that Mr Devenny died on 16 July 1969, three months after a brutal assault had been carried out on him and members of his family by the RUC at his home in William Street.  He stated that the family maintain that Mr Devenny died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the assault.  He stated that the results of an investigation carried out by the Metropolitan Police had not been fully released and that the decision to withhold certain files until 2022 was an obstacle to the Devenny family’s quest for justice.  He proposed that Council add its’ voice to the growing call for the release of those files.

 

Councillor Donnelly Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Gallagher

This Council commends the courage and dignity shown by the family of the late Sammy Devenny in their campaign for truth and justice regarding the events that led to the death of their father. Furthermore this Council calls on the Metropolitan Police to release all files in relation to this case.

After voting by a show of hands, the result was as follows:

For – 28; Against – 0; Abstentions 5.

The Proposal was therefore carried and the Council

Resolved       This Council commends the courage and dignity shown by the family of the late Sammy Devenny in their campaign for truth and justice regarding the events that led to the death of their father. Furthermore this Council calls on the Metropolitan Police to release all files in relation to this case.

Alderman Kerrigan joined the meeting at this point.