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Government should demand full publication of Cory by British

16 December, 2003

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has described as "totally unacceptable" the continued refusal of the British Government to publish the Report of the inquiry by Judge Cory into the murders of Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson, Robert Hamill and other incidences of collusion in the North. In answer to a question from Deputy Ó Caoláin in the Dáil today the Taoiseach said the British would not yet be publishing the sections of the Cory Report presented to them which deal with these incidences of collusion. He confirmed the Irish Government will publish the parts of the report presented to it, most likely this week.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"Confirmation that the British government is delaying the publication of the Cory Report comes less than a week after Judge Barron exposed that government's lack of co-operation with his inquiry. Now we see the British dragging their heels on the publication of another report highlighting collusion. It is widely accepted nationally and internationally that Pat Finucane was murdered as a direct result of collusion between British intelligence and loyalist paramilitaries, including the notorious agent Brian Nelson. The Irish government should set its face against any publication of a partial or censored version of the Cory Report by the British and should demand its immediate publication in full." ENDS

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