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Unionist Silence Over Castlereagh Scandal

30 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has challenged senior unionist politicians to give an opinion on the ongoing Castlereagh security scandal.

Mr Maskey said:

"The ongoing silence of the British government in the face of this developing security scandal centred on Castlereagh and spy posts in nationalist areas has been matched by the silence of unionist politicians.

"This approach is in stark contrast to previous events in Castlereagh when the British alleged republicans were involved in gathering intelligence. Then the unionist politicians demanded full disclosure. They demanded compensation for those allegedly put at risk. They of course collapsed the political institutions on the basis of briefings from discredited British sources.

"However since the details of this scandal began to emerge no senior unionist politician has spoken. Their hypocrisy is clear. It is becoming fairly obvious that they have little interest in the lives of nationalists and republicans being put at risk. They have little interest in the RIR being investigated for colluding with unionist paramilitaries.

" The British government who are leading the cover-up and the unionist parties who are assisting them in it need to realise that this issue like Brian Nelson before will not simply go away. Nationalists know only to well the reality of collusion and the effects it can have on an entire community. Sinn Féin will continue to raise this issue with the two governments until the truth about this scandal emerges and those currently in danger are informed." ENDS

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