Henry Cunningham essay competition being launched in Carndonagh

An essay competition is being launched today in memory of Henry Cunningham, the 16 year old Inishowen man who was shot dead when a van he and his brothers were travelling in was attacked by UVF gunmen in County Antrim 37 years ago.

A €500 prize has been offered to Transition year students in Inishowen by the Department of Foreign Affairs for an essay on the theme "Defending the Rights of Minorities in Ireland".

The North's Historical Enquiries Team carried out a review of Henry Cunningham's killing last year, but no arrests were made.

Henry's brother Robert Cunningham is welcoming the Irish government's decision to fund the annual award, but says he has recently learned that despite claims there were no recorded in Dail or govenrment filed about what happened, a Donegal TD raised Henry's death in the Dail just weeks after it happened....