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Programme begins to lift lid on South Armagh Collusion

28 May, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy has said that this weeks revelations in a BBC programme about collusion in a number of murders and other attacks in South Armagh was 'an important first step in lifting the lid on the activities of Crown Forces and Unionist paramilitaries which are well known to people in this area'.

Mr Murphy said:

" This weeks Spotlight programme was an important first step in lifting the lid on the activities of Crown Forces and unionist paramilitaries which are well known to people in South Armagh. Sinn Féin have been a lone voice for decades in highlighting the extent of collusion in South Armagh and elsewhere.

" This was not simply a case of bad apples. It was a policy decision which stretches directly to Downing Street and as Spotlight showed also involved the support of the judiciary in the six counties.

" The programme however only scratched the surface of the mountain of evidence which exists linking prominent South Armagh security force families to murders and bomb attacks in the area. The silence of groups like FAIR in the wake of the programme has not been lost on the nationalist and republican community in South Armagh.

" Sinn Féin will continue to support the families of those killed through the British policy of collusion in South Armagh and elsewhere in their campaign for the truth. The British government lived in denial for decades about this issue. It only became an issue for them when Sinn Féin placed it on the talks agenda. It will remain there until the web of collusion and cover-up is untangled." ENDS

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