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McGuinness calls on media to leave McGuckin family alone

7 May, 2008

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness has called on the media to accept the statement made by Eamon and Antoinette McGuckin and allow the family to get on with their lives in peace.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Since the weekend we have witnessed an unwarranted and unjustified character assassination by sections of the tabloid media on this couple.

"The family have provided the media with a detailed explanation of the circumstances in which they found themselves in Portugal. It would have been much better if some of the journalists who sensationalised this event had established the facts before triggering what can only be described as a media circus.

"The media now need to back off, accept this statement and allow this couple and their three young children to get on with their lives in peace." ENDS

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