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Sinn Féin tells British and Irish governments of its dissatisfaction with British refusal to deal with issue of collusion

2 April, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking in Dublin this afternoon said the Sinn Féin leadership has conveyed its dissatisfaction, with the refusal of the British government to deal with the issue of collusion, in a meeting with Irish government officials today. The Sinn Féin delegation, which also included Martin McGuinness MP, Rita O'Hare and Gerry Kelly MLA, held intense discussions with senior officials in Dublin today. Mr. Adams also conveyed the party's strong views to senior officials at Downing Street.

Mr. Adams is in Dublin today to launch the party's Easter Lily campaign. On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th Easter Commemorations will take place in every county in Ireland with more than 100 individual events taking place.

Speaking in Dublin today Mr. Adams said:

"The Cory report and the British government's refusal to hold an inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane raises a huge question mark over SDLP policy.

Having made the fundamental mistake three years ago of accepting an inadequate policing arrangement the SDLP has compounded that grievous error through its unwillingness and inability to act as a radicalising, transforming force for change on the Policing Board.

The SDLP is now to the fore in defending the PSNI, the force which contains those very people who planned, orchestrated and were responsible for the collusion strategy.

The reality is that the Cory reports taken together and along with the mountain of other available evidence, is proof of the extent of administrative collusion and state sponsored murder.

Hundreds died, many thousands more bear the physical and emotional scars of the death squads and of this British policy.

Many of those who ran and carried through this strategy still serve British interests in the Special branch, in MI5 and within the political and bureaucratic structures, which established and protect those involved.

The SDLP by its policing policy is failing all of those who supported the demand within the Good Friday Agreement for a new beginning to policing."ENDS

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