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O'Hagan - RIR Rioter Must Be Removed

10 November, 2003

Upper Bann Sinn Féin Representative Dr. Dara O'Hagan has demanded that the British Security Minister Jane Kennedy remove RIR man Jonathan Russell from the ranks of the RIR. Dr. O'Hagan's comments came after he was convicted of causing a disturbance at Drumcree last year.

Dr. O'Hagan said:

" Today RIR member Jonathan Russell was convicted of a violent offence committed at Drumcree last year. Yet we can only presume that he will be rearmed and placed back onto nationalist streets by his RIR regiment.

" It is not surprising given its history that the RIR contains individuals who would be involved in violent loyalist protests. However this does not make this any more acceptable. Jane Kennedy has a duty to disarm this loyalist and remove him from the ranks of the British Army.

" However, given the British governments failure to remove the murderers of Peter McBride from their army's ranks, people in Upper Bann will not be confident that she will dot he decent thing in this case either." ENDS

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