Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

On 15 March 1999, Rosemary Nelson, a solicitor from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, died as a result of injuries sustained when a bomb attached to her car exploded. Rosemary had been the subject of many death threats by loyalist paramilitaries and the Red Hand Defenders (a loyalist paramilitary group) claimed responsibility for her murder.

An inquiry into her murder was established under Section 44 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998. 

The Inquiry’s terms of reference were:
“ To inquire into the death of Rosemary Nelson with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Northern Ireland Office, Army or other state agency facilitated her death or obstructed the investigation of it, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; whether the investigation of her death was carried out with due diligence; and to make recommendations.”

The Inquiry was conducted by a Panel of three. The Chairman of the Inquiry was Sir Michael Morland, a retired Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. Also on the Panel was Dame Valerie Strachan, former Chairman of the Board of Customs and Excise and Sir Anthony Burden, former Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

This Inquiry opened at the Craigavon Civic Centre on 19 April 2005. The full hearings took place at the Interpoint Centre, Belfast, commencing on 15 April 2008. After 130 days, the hearings concluded on 24 June 2009.

Full details about the Inquiry can be found at: www.rosemarynelsoninquiry.org

The report of the Inquiry into the death of Rosemary Nelson was published on 23 May 2011.  You can view the conclusions of that report here.

Summaries from the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry hearings

Day 1 (PDF, 73 KB)

Day 2 (PDF, 68 KB)

Day 3 (PDF, 71 KB)

Day 4 (PDF, 73 KB)

Day 5 (PDF, 78 KB)

Day 6 (PDF, 94 KB)

Day 7 (PDF, 91 KB)

Day 8 (PDF, 99 KB)

Day 9 (PDF, 85 KB)

Day 10 (PDF, 90 KB)

Day 11 (PDF, 87 KB)

Day 12 (PDF, 137 KB)

Day 13 (PDF, 79 KB)

Day 14 (PDF, 87 KB)

Day 15 (PDF, 239 KB)

Day 16 (PDF, 77 KB)

Day 17 (PDF, 76 KB)

Day 18 (PDF, 83 KB)

Day 19 (PDF, 83 KB)

Day 20 (PDF, 98 KB)

Day 21 (PDF, 164 KB)

Day 22 (PDF, 239 KB)

Day 23 (PDF, 83 KB)

Day 24 (PDF, 95 KB)

Day 25 (PDF, 91 KB)

Day 26 (PDF, 219 KB)

Day 27 (PDF, 177 KB)

Day 28 (PDF, 139 KB)

Day 29 (PDF, 134 KB)

Day 30 (PDF, 124 KB)

Day 31 (PDF, 102 KB)

Day 32 (PDF, 80 KB)

Day 34 (PDF, 71 KB)

Day 35 (PDF, 175 KB)

Day 36 (PDF, 84 KB)

Day 37 (PDF, 78 KB)

Day 38 (PDF, 81 KB)

Day 39 (PDF, 72 KB)

Day 40 (PDF, 87 KB)

Day 41 (PDF, 147 KB)

Day 42 (PDF, 100 KB)

Day 43 (PDF, 132 KB)

Day 44 (PDF, 103 KB)

Day 45 (PDF, 72 KB)

Day 46 (PDF, 73 KB)

Day 47 (PDF, 178 KB)

Day 48 (PDF, 172 KB)

Day 49 (PDF, 170 KB)

Day 50 & 51 (PDF, 180 KB)

Day 54 (PDF, 70 KB)

Day 55 (PDF, 87 KB)

Day 56 (PDF, 75 KB)

Day 57 (PDF, 81 KB)

Day 58 (PDF, 69 KB)

Day 59 (PDF, 80 KB)

Day 60 (PDF, 84 KB)

Day 61 (PDF, 92 KB)

Day 62 (PDF, 71 KB)

Day 63 (PDF, 77 KB)

Day 65 (PDF, 119 KB)

Day 66 (PDF, 143 KB)

Day 67 (PDF, 119 KB)

Day 68 (PDF, 77 KB)

Day 69 (PDF, 80 KB)

Day 70 (PDF, 81 KB)

Day 71 (PDF, 73 KB)

Day 72 (PDF, 79 KB)

Day 73 (PDF, 72 KB)

Day 76 (PDF, 99 KB)

Day 77 (PDF, 52 KB)

Day 78 - 81 (PDF, 68 KB)

Day 82 - 87 (PDF, 134 KB)

Day 88 - 94 (PDF, 285 KB)

Day 95 - 101 (PDF, 445 KB)

Day 102 (PDF, 64 KB)

Day 103 - 117 (PDF, 419 KB)