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Murphy cannot continue to hide on NIO Spy claims

8 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty has again demanded a full and frank statement from Paul Murphy on recent NIO related activities. Mr Doherty's comments come after the NIO continue to hide behind the 'no comment' approach in relation to the missing Castlereagh dossier and the intelligence gathering operation uncovered against Sinn Féin.

Mr Doherty said:

" Sinn Féin have for years been highlighting the activities of the securocrats who seem to operate with absolute impunity within the NIO. They are opposed to the peace process and opposed to nationalists and republicans having a share of power. Their influence over the past decade has been negative and damaging.

" Over the past few weeks they have attempted to cover-up the fact that a dossier containing the details of up to 400 people has been removed from Castlereagh. In the interests of 'no comment'' these people's lives are continuing to be put in danger.

" Now when faced with the exposure of an intelligence gathering plot targeted at Sinn Féin, which we believe to be directly sanctioned by Paul Murphy, we are again met with the standard 'no comment'. Does Paul Murphy seriously believe that this will wash. Does he seriously believe that republicans will simply ignore these important issues and they will disappear. He needs to get real and stop underestimating the damage which is being done by those securocrats who seem to be able to operate without fear of sanction within his department." ENDS

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