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Adams anger after latest Plastic Bullet death

19 August, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has expressed his sympathy to the family of West Belfast man Dominic Marron who died tragically this week after suffering a massive heart attack linked to injuries he received when hit by a plastic bullet as a 15 year old in May 1981.

Mr Adams said:

" On behalf of Sinn Féin and the wider community in West Belfast I would wish to extend sympathy to the family and friends of Dominc Marron, particularly his wife Jacqui and their two young sons.

" People throughout West Belfast are deeply shocked and indeed angry that plastic bullets have claimed yet another life from within this community. Dominic Marron was seriously injured in May 1981 after being hit by a plastic bullet fired by the RUC.

" He suffered severe heart problems ever since and earlier this week he died of a massive heart attack. There can be no doubt that Dominic's premature death is a direct result of the injuries he received after being hit with a plastic bullet.

" We also must remember that the PSNI continue to use a new and even more lethal plastic bullet weapon. This is completely unacceptable and the news of Dominic Marron's death is a tragic reminder of the lethal threat still being posed by these killer devices." ENDS

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