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Sinn Féin to raise Spy Post health fears

13 August, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy has said that he will be raising with the two governments the case of a calf born in the South Armagh with two heads area close to a British Army spy post.

Mr Murphy said:

" Recently a calf born in South Armagh close to a British Army spy post had two heads. Local people are convinced that emissions from British Army equipment in the South Armagh area are causing cancer in both animals and humans. Instances of deformed livestock are becoming increasingly common in areas adjacent to British Army installations.

" It seems that the British state are intent on continuing to damage the health and environment of people in this area as they continue to pursue their dirty war against the republican and nationalist people. There is no justification for the spy posts, helicopter flights or checkpoints in the South Armagh area. Indeed there is no possible justification for the continuing presence of British Army in this country at all.

" I will be raising the health implications of the continuing military occupation of South Armagh with the two governments and Tony Blair can be rest assured that this continuing occupation will be on his talks agenda in September." ENDS

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