Witness Appeal in Shoot to Kill case

The family of Gerard and Martin Harte have, with the support of RFJ, issued an appeal for witnesses to the killings of their brothers and Brian Mullin in 1988

The family of Gerard and Martin Harte, along with Relatives for Justice, are appealing for witnesses who may have seen or heard of related incidents around the killings that occurred in Drumnakilly, on 30th August 1988.

Three men, all members of the IRA, brothers Gerard and Martin Harte and Brian Mullin were killed in a shoot to kill incident involving the SAS.


Shortly before 4.00pm on 30th August 1988 a series of shots were heard on the Drumnakilly Road, on the Omagh to Carrickmore Road.  It transpired at the inquest that a total of 236 shots were fired by undercover British soldiers at the car and the three men were killed, with no other casualties reported.

An eyewitness from the time noted that after the shooting two helicopters arrived and departed in quick succession, with police/military personnel extracted from the scene by the second helicopter.

It is almost 30 years from these killings at Drumnakilly and the families have never had the full truth of what took place that day.

The Harte family, with Relatives for Justice, are issuing an appeal for anyone

  • who witnessed the shootings
  • heard the shootings
  • have information regarding the shootings
  • have information regarding events immediately before, during or after the shootings

to come forward and provide statements.

Some witnesses have already come forward.

People who wish to provide statements should contact Pat Conway of Relatives for Justice on 028 87751697 (pat.conway@relativesforjustice.com).

All information provided will be treated with the strictest of confidence.