The father of a man murdered by loyalist paramilitaries nine years ago has met the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, to urge him to support a campaign for justice.

Raymond McCord Jnr, a former officer in the British Royal Air Force, was killed by the UVF in 1997. He was beaten to death and his body was dumped in a quarry in north Belfast.

His father, also Raymond McCord, has always claimed the killer was shielded because he was a police informer.

Northern Ireland's Police Ombudsman, Nuala O'Loan, is due to report on her investigation into those allegations later this year.

In advance of today's meeting, Mr McCord said he would be asking the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, to support his demand for a full public inquiry into his 22-year-old son's murder.

Mr McCord has sought and received the support of all the main political parties in Northern Ireland and has also met the Labour leader, Pat Rabbitte.