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Ard Fheis 2004 - Ruane - Cory Report must be published

28 February, 2004


Sinn Féín MLA for South Down Caitríona Ruane supporting motion 75 on the Cory Report said: Sinn Féin will continue to support the families of those killed through collusion and we will raise the issue of the publication of the Cory Report at every opportunity. And we pay tribute to the families who have kept fighting for justice and truth against all the odds.

Ms Ruane said:

The right to be equal before the law, before the institutions of the state is an inalienable fundamental right.

The right not to be targeted for murder by the state because of your political beliefs is, if possible, an even greater fundamental right.

But today the truth is that for nationalists living in the north that the state in question -- the British state refuse to accept that nationalists must be equal.

An Firinne inniú de náisiúnteóirí ina cónaí sna sé contae go bhfuil an Stáit sé sin an Bhreatain -- ag diúltadh glacadh leis gur gá do náisiúnteóirí bheith cothrom.

A system of collusion runs to the heart of the British governments strategy in the 6 counties.

Yet if we are to move forward into a new island based on human rights and equality then the British government must come clean. They must dismantle the collusion machine.

Confirmation that the British government intend to delay the publication of the Cory Report is yet another stalling tactic by the British in their attempts to keep the lid on the collusion scandal.

The British Secretary of State has claimed in the British parliament that one of the reasons for not publishing the Cory report was because of human rights considerations. Presumably he was referring to the continued cover up around those who perpetrated the killing of people as a result of collusion.

The facts are now well known and accepted that the British state was involved in the importation of weapons and the targeting and murder of citizens in the six counties. They have been attempting to hide the truth of collusion for decades.

Paul Murphy should be aware that those who colluded and killed have breached the right to life, the most fundamental of all rights and that no amount of excuses from him will justify the decision not to publish this report. His comments are merely an excuse and will be seen as such by the families of those killed and by the wider international community.

The British government must stop stalling on inquiries into the killings in which British state agencies were involved. Judge Cory has reported yet we are now witnessing further delays, excuses and stalling. The families involved are entitled to the truth.

Sinn Féin will continue to support the families of those killed through collusion and we will raise the issue of the publication of the Cory Report at every opportunity. And we pay tribute to the families who have kept fighting for justice and truth against all the odds.

Neither the British government nor its agencies have accepted responsibility for collusion, the arming, organising, resourcing and direction of loyalist death squads, the killing of hundreds of people and the protection of those responsible. There have not been thorough investigations in these cases. On the contrary British state agencies have denied involvement and systematically concealed the truth. Even in the context of the Saville Tribunal, established by the British government, the British state has withheld, hidden and destroyed vital evidence.

There is no denying that there was a brutal conflict in this part of Ireland for 30 years and that many, many people suffered as a result. But one of the key issues, so far unacknowledged, is that the British state was involved in a policy of systematic murder and violence against whole sections of the nationalist community.

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