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Irish Government Must Not Line Up With Anti Peace Process Elements

25 February, 2004


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP today was joined by party colleagues Bairbre de Brún, Mary Lou McDonald and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD in a meeting with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin. Speaking after the meeting Mr McGuinness said 'that the Irish government in particular should not be lining up with anti-Sinn Féin and anti-Peace process elements'.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The anti-peace process and anti-Sinn Fein agenda at work within the PSNI was again evident in the their response to the incident in Belfast on Friday night. The PSNI handling of this incident echoed the orchestrated raids on Sinn Fein offices at Stormont in October 2001, which led to the collapse of the political institutions. Those allegations are now proven to have been without substance.

"Over the weekend, four men arrested on Friday were charged with IRA membership. On the basis of this Hugh Orde alleged IRA involvement. Those charges did not even make it through the first court appearance. They were dropped on Monday morning. The sole purpose of these charges was to allow the PSNI to write the newspaper headlines over the weekend and to manufacture a bogus crisis. Opponents of Sinn Fein and the peace process seized upon this.

" These elements in the PSNI and the British system must be brought to account. The Irish government in particular should not be lining up with anti-Sinn Féin and anti-Peace Process elements. " ENDS

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