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McGuinness – people of Derry most to fear from dissidents

12 February, 2009

Normal 0 Speaking today Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness said that it was clear that the people who had to fear most from so called dissident republican groups were the people of Derry. Mr McGuinness comments come after the murder of Jim McConnell in the city yesterday.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Last year Emmett Shiels was murdered in the city. Before that Brian McGlynn was killed. Both murders are being linked to the INLA. In the wake of these murders the republican community in Derry made it clear in no uncertain terms that this had to stop. There is no support in this city for this type of activity.

"Yesterday Jim McConnell was killed. Some are linking the INLA to this murder. Mr McConnell's links to the drugs trade have been put forward as a motive. This is ironic given the fact that these gangs are themselves involved in a range of criminal and anti-community activity including extorting money from drugs dealers. The INLA themselves have been directly implicated in the drugs trade and a range of drug related killings, particularly in Dublin.

"This murder is not part of any Republican strategy or effort to end British rule in Ireland. No matter what badge those who carried it out attach to themselves that reality will not change. This was a criminal act plain and simple. These groups have made it clear from their actions that the people who have most to fear from them are the people of Derry." ENDS

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