Provisional date set for inquest

Daniel McColgan. INNT 04-102-CON
Daniel McColgan. INNT 04-102-CON

THE inquest into the murder of Catholic postal worker Danny McColgan in the Rathcoole estate a decade ago could take place later this year, it has been confirmed.

Mr McColgan (pictured) was shot dead by members of the UDA as he arrived for work at the Royal Mail sorting office in Barna Square in January 2002. No-one has ever been convicted of the crime.

Former Newtownabbey councillor Tommy Kirkham, then a member of the UDA-linked Ulster Democratic Party, was questioned by police about the murder, but was later released without charge.

The killing of the 20-year-old father-of-one provoked widespread revulsion at the time and saw large public demonstrations against paramilitary organisations.

The Coroner’s Court has been informed that the McColgan family has experienced lengthy delays in arranging legal aid for the inquest, and have so far been refused permission by the Courts Service to see disclosure material already released by the PSNI.

The provisional date set for the full inquest is November 12 to 23.