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Doherty calls for motion led debate on collusion in the Seanad

13 February, 2008


Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has asked the Government to provide time in the Seanad to debate the issue of collusion. Senator Doherty said although the issue was debated in the Dáil last week there is some dissatisfaction across all parties that there was no motion or proposed course of action arising out of that debate.

Speaking in the Seanad this afternoon Senator Doherty said, "I would like to propose that Government time be provided for a debate here in the Seanad on the issue of collusion. The Dáil held such a debate last week in the form of statements. However, there was some dissatisfaction across all parties that there was no motion and no proposed course of action arising out of the Dáil debate. We have the opportunity here in the Seanad to put that right.

"I would propose that a debate be scheduled, that it be based on a motion to be agreed by all parties and that the parties meet at the earliest opportunity to agree such a motion.

"Over fifty people were killed in this State directly as a result of collusion between unionist paramilitaries and British state forces. The Seanad and the Dáil nearly two years ago unanimously passed a motion calling on the British Government to establish a full international public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. The British have refused. They have also refused to co-operate fully with the investigations established by this Oireachtas. Therefore we need to revisit this issue. I urge the scheduling of a full debate." ENDS

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