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Court Dismisses Loyalist Bid To Unseat Adams

18 February, 2004

Commenting after a Belfast court dismissed an application by UPRG representative Frank McCoubrey for a Judicial review aimed at unseating West Belfast MP Gerry Adams, party Councillor Paul Maskey said:

"It was evident from the start of this case that it had no basis in law or indeed fact. Gerry Adams has consistently represented people from all areas of West Belfast. He was elected at the last Westminster election with one of the largest majorities in the six counties.

"The application for a Judicial Review taken by loyalist Councillor Frank McCoubrey was this morning dismissed in court. This decision was inevitable given the shallow nature of the case which included a petition signed by people listing various public houses and drinking clubs in North and West Belfast as their addresses and by leading members of the notorious UDA C Company including Johnny Adair.

"Gerry Adams will continue to represent all of the people of West Belfast. The constituency service which his office provides in second to none a fact which can be confirmed by the people in unionist areas of West Belfast who have had occasion to use it over the years." ENDS

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