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SF Leaders Meet Collusion Families in Newry and Armagh

5 May, 2004


As part of a ongoing series of meetings being held across the island, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and party colleague Bairbre de Brún will today hold a series a engagements in the Newry & Armagh area. These will include meeting with the families of collusion victims in Armagh City, meetings in South Armagh with people directly affected by ongoing British military activity and tonight a large public meeting in a Newry Hotel.

Speaking from Armagh City where they was hosted by the Mayor Pat O'Rawe, Ms de Brún said:

" Here in Armagh today we had the opportunity to meet with the families of the victims of the British policy of state sanctioned murder who were killed in this area. At a time when we are trying to lift the lid on this decades old policy and trying to expose those who were actively involved in controlling and manipulating the unionist paramilitaries it is important that we remember and pay tribute to the families whose loved ones were killed as a result of this policy.

" Sinn Féin has been to the forefront in exposing this policy over many years. Others told us that this was nothing more than republican propaganda or at worst a case of a few bad apples. It was neither. It was a policy of successive British governments and it stretches directly to Downing Street itself.

" We met with the current British Prime Minister just over a week ago and we again pressed him on this issue. We put it to him that many of the collusion murders occurred under a previous administration. However the refusal of this British government to face up to its responsibilities means that it is increasingly getting the blame. The rejection of the Finucane family's request for an independent inquiry is part of all of this and is completely unacceptable.

" Sinn Féin will continue to support the families of collusion victims in their campaign for the truth and we will continue to press the British government and others for action on this issue." ENDS

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