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Sinn Fein leader meets family of Frank McGreevy

4 April, 2008


Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams and Fra McCann MLA this morning met the family of Frank McGreevy who was murdered in his home in the lower Falls area on Saturday March 15th.

The meeting was held to update the family on Sinn Féin's efforts, in recent weeks to ensure the successful prosecution of those responsible for Frank's murder; to give the family information on the work the party is involved in with the local community in tackling anti-social and criminal activity; and to discuss with the family what specific help they require in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Specifically, there are issues relating to support for the family during this period which we may be able to assist with, including their legal rights as victims; legal advice about the criminal justice process; the role of the various criminal justice agencies; and their obligations to the family.

Mr. Adams met Frank's two sisters Elizabeth and Mary and his nephew Paul.

Speaking after the meeting Mr. Adams said:

"Frank's murder, like that of Harry Holland and John Mongan shocked the people of west Belfast. Sinn Fein's concern is, and has been to do all that we can to help the families, while seeking to put in place community and statutory structures that can effectively challenge anti-social and criminal activity.

I want to commend the McGreevy family for the great dignity with which they have borne their loss. I want to commend everyone involved in trying to bring Bap's killers to justice and all those who work at making west Belfast a better place to live, but in particular those individuals and organisations in the lower Falls area who have been doing great work, sometimes in very difficult circumstances.

In this context one of Sinn Féin's priorities in recent years has been to ensure that the PSNI is a publicly accountable police service capable of meeting the needs of local communities.

Significant progress has been made in this respect. In particular the Ballymurphy model, which has seen the establishment of the Upper Springfield Safer Neighbourhood Forum and Intervention Project has been very successful in tackling crime, improving relations between the community and the police, and in creating a safer climate for residents.

We are now seeking to role this model out into other parts of west Belfast, including into the Falls.

Sinn Fein representatives, including members of the local DPP, have been centrally involved in all of this. In the last week we have met with the Housing Executive in respect of the demolition of the flats in Ross Road; with the BELB and Belfast Regeneration Office (BRO) and with the Full Service Community Schools Network, as well as holding Cross Sectoral meeting involving all of the statutory bodies, out of which a series of actions have been agreed for the Ross Road area.

Sinn Féin representatives also held regular meetings with the PSNI, and without commenting on the detail of the investigation and mindful that one man has been charged, we have been told by the Senior Investigating Officer that 102 people have come forward to make witness statements. The PSNI have described the community response as far exceeding anything they have encountered before.

I have also spoken to the British Minister Paul Goggins who retains responsibility for policing and justice matters.

In addition, in order to ensure that these efforts secure the greatest level of co-operation from the Police, government departments and the statutory bodies, I will be meeting Paul Goggins next Tuesday; the Chief Constable Hugh Orde in the next few weeks, and we will be raising these matters with the Executive and the relevant Executive Ministers." Críoch

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