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Mallon Criticised Over IMC Support

21 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy has accused the SDLP MP Seamus Mallon of 'supporting the British government in discriminating against the majority of nationalists in the six counties who now vote for Sinn Féin'. Mr Murphy's comments come after Mr. Mallon voiced support for the IMC and their Report.

Mr Murphy said:

" The fact is that the IMC is the mouthpiece of the securocrats who have time and again sought to damage this process. It is the latest tool in their anti-Agreement and anti-peace process arsenal. The body is not independent and it has no credibility within the broad nationalist and republican community which is angered by the content of the IMC Report.

" Seamus Mallon in the British House of Commons yesterday and again on the media this morning effectively became little more than a cheerleader for the IMC and securocrat individuals like John Grieve a former head of the Special Branch in London. He should know better.

" Sinn Féin will not support any section of the electorate being discriminated against by the British government or anyone else. Unfortunately for what can only be very narrow party political interests Seamus Mallon is prepared to support the British government discriminating against the majority of the nationalist community in the six counties who now vote for Sinn Féin." ENDS

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