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Splinter groups will not derail Peace Process nor divert true republicans – Ó Caoláin

10 March, 2009

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the splinter groups who carried out the fatal attacks in Antrim and Craigavon will neither derail the Peace Process which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the Irish people nor divert Irish republicans from the strategy which they have adopted democratically.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"I unreservedly condemn the killings by the so-called 'Real IRA' and the so-called 'Continuity IRA'. These killings have no moral or political basis. The Irish Republican Army leadership and Volunteers have long since declared that the war is over.

"The tiny splinter groups that carried out these attacks are pursuing a militarist agenda, primarily designed to justify their own existence and perpetuate their own factions. They are totally divorced from republicans throughout Ireland and abroad. They have nothing to offer but misery in their attempts to drag back into conflict the communities they falsely claim to represent.

"These groups will not succeed in their attempts to derail the Peace Process which has the full support of the overwhelming majority of the Irish people and of all political parties. I commend the Executive in the North for the leadership it is giving. The best response to the events of recent days is to carry forward with even greater determination the politics of partnership and peace.

"Irish republicans will not be diverted from the peace strategy we have adopted democratically and pursued successfully. That strategy is designed to advance, by peaceful and democratic means, the cause of Irish unity, including the removal of the British Army, which should have no role in Ireland." ENDS

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