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Anderson to raise PSNI/Loyalists building contracts

4 March, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Following on from yesterdays guilty verdict in the McIlwaine and Robb murder case, Sinn Féin Policing Board member Martina Anderson will raise at this week's Policing Board meeting the issue of police contracts being awarded to construction companies linked to active loyalist paramilitary figures.

Ms Anderson's questions follow a series of Freedom of Information requests which have revealed that over £15m of public money has been paid into the coffers of a number of construction firms, one linked to former Mid-Ulster UVF Chief Richard Jamesion and the other to a man linked to the McIlwaine and Robb murders.

Ms Anderson said:

"For many years there was a suspicion within the nationalist community that public contracts were being awarded to firms directly linked to loyalist paramilitaries. These include security contracts awarded by the RUC and subsequently by the PSNI. Security clearance was also given for a number of senior loyalist paramilitaries to enter and leave barracks as they pleased.

As part of the campaign by the McIlwaine family in the wake of the brutal murder of their son and Andrew Robb, it has emerged that at least £15m of public money was paid to a firm linked to former Mid-Ulster UVF Chief Richard Jameson and another Tandragee based firm whose owner has been directly linked to the murders.

Sinn Féin is determined to expose what has gone on in the past with regard to the awarding of these contracts and equally importantly ensure that the PSNI have in place measures to ensure that firms linked to active and prominent loyalist paramilitary figures are not paid millions of pounds of public money in the future." CRÍOCH

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