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Kelly Attends Launch Of Long Kesh Proposals

18 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly Member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly along with party colleague Paul Butler this morning attended the launch of the Coiste na n-iarchimí (Republican ex prisoners groups) proposals for the future of the Long Kesh site.

Mr Kelly said:

"I welcome the launch of this document by Coiste na n-iarchimí a group which represents 20 separate ex prisoner projects across the island. It is right and proper that former prisoners, many of whom spent many years in Long Kesh, have their say on the future of the site.

"It is Sinn Féín's belief that at a minimum one of the cages, the hospital block, a H-Block and the administration area should be retained as well as any documentation or records relating to the Hunger Strike period for use in a future museum.

"It would be our intention to meet with the committee tasked to bring forward proposals for the site in the coming weeks and publish our own ideas for the future of Long Kesh at that time." ENDS

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