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NIO leak follows well worn path

20 August, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly group leader Conor Murphy has said that the leaking of a memo from the NIO to DUP politician Peter Robinson on Water Charges follows a well worn path of leaks from within the NIO to prominent anti-Agreement figures.

Mr Murphy said:

" The NIO is hostile to the peace process and is hostile to the Good Friday Agreement. Throughout this process sensitive information and memos have been deliberately leaked by the securocrats at the core of the NIO to leading anti-Agreement politicians.

" Indeed at one stage the then Irish Minister for Foreign Affair David Andrews described those within the NIO as 'sneaky little people' and accused them of attempting to 'obstruct us in the pursuit of a permanent peace on the island of Ireland'.

" So it should come as no surprise that elements within the NIO wishing to leak information would use the channel already established to the anti-Agreement parties." ENDS

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