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Morgan calls for all party motion on collusion

31 January, 2008

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan called on the Government to call a meeting of all parties to agree a motion on collusion which could be put before the Seanad which is due to debate the issue. Deputy Morgan said the issue could then be returned to the Dáil where a plan of action could be proceeded with to force the British Government to cooperate with inquiries into attacks in this State where collusion is suspected.

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Morgan said, "These statements have again seen agreement across the parties in the Oireachtas that the British government has failed to co-operate with inquiries established by this Oireachtas into attacks in this State, including mass murder, in which there is overwhelming evidence of direct or indirect involvement by British state forces. Two years ago we called unanimously on the British government to establish an independent public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. This was no small matter.

"What we need to know now is what efforts have been made by the Government led by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to press this issue with the British government. The Taoiseach has repeatedly claimed that he raises the issue every time he meets the British Prime Minister. Is that it? Are MPs in the British Parliament even aware that the Dáil and Seanad have made this call? Have copies of all the relevant Barron and other reports been sent to the British Parliament and have MPs been informed of their existence? Have party leaders been met and have key parliamentarians been lobbied?

"Minister of State Kitt stated earlier that these statements give us the opportunity to consider what further action can be taken. It's a pity the Government did not convene a meeting of all parties before these statements and agree a motion proposing such action. Then we could have had a real debate and a productive outcome.

"The Government can make amends for it's mishandling of this by meeting with the parties in the coming days and by agreeing a motion to be put before the Seanad which is also due to have a debate on collusion. That motion can then be returned here and we can proceed with a plan of action. The survivors and the relatives of the victims of collusion deserve a serious and concerted approach that goes beyond simply stating our views." ENDS

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