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Governments must not make progress on collusion dependent on talks progress

1 April, 2004

Commenting on the report of Judge Peter Cory, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin warned against the British and Irish governments making action on collusion dependent on progress in talks on the current political deadlock. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The Report of Judge Peter Cory, coming a day after the report of the Oireachtas sub-committee examining the Barron Report, provides further confirmation of the extent of collusion by the British government in the murders of Irish citizens. Both Governments must now act without delay on these reports.

"The Irish Government must set up the investigations into missing files in this jurisdiction and into the inadequacy of the Garda handling of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings. The British government must set up the public inquiries on the Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson murders as recommended by Cory. An international public inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings is also essential.

"There must be no attempt by the two Governments to make the establishment of these inquiries dependent upon progress in the talks process. Collusion is an issue of human rights and the truth about British state violence, which is still officially denied, must be exposed."ENDS

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