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Archbishop Speech Reflects Concerns

6 May, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly member Bairbre de Brún has said that concerns raised by the Catholic Archbishop Sean Brady concerning policing, collusion, Special Branch and the failure to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane 'reflect a range of concerns currently held by the broad nationalist and republican constituency'.

Ms de Brún said:

" In the course of his lecture in London last night Archbishop Brady raised amongst other matters concerns over the level of policing change, the ongoing role of Special Branch, the effects of collusion and the continuing failure of the British government to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.

" This reflects a range of concerns currently held by the broad nationalist and republican community. They are shared by Sinn Féin and are matters which we have previously raised with the two governments.

" Sinn Féin are absolutely committed to making this process work. It is our belief that this can be achieved if the other parties and the two governments keep both their focus and commitment in the time ahead. Archbishop Brady in the course of his lecture has identified a range of matters which need to be addressed. It is up to the two governments and all of the parties to address these outstanding issues in a positive way in any future talks." ENDS

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