Discovery of listening device to be raised with EU Parliament President
Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún (six counties) and Mary Lou McDonald (Dublin) have this morning said that "the discovery of a listening device at the headquarters of Belfast Sinn Féin provided further proof that elements of the British system are undermining the peace process".
Both Sinn Féin MEPs last night briefed approximately 40 MEPs from their group, the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) on the continuing peace process and specifically the discovery of a sophisticated listening device at the Belfast office of Bairbre de Brun MEP yesterday afternoon.
Speaking this morning Mary Lou McDonald said:
"Last night we briefed approximately 40 MEPs from across Europe, on the current state of the peace process and the upcoming talks in Britain, and impressed upon the MEPs that Sinn Féin wants to make the process work and are going into the talks to do a deal.
"We also briefed the MEPs on the discovery of a sophisticated listening device at the Belfast offices of my party colleague Bairbre de Brun MEP. We expressed our outrage that this was the second such listening device to be discovered in relation to our party, in the space of two weeks. The question remains as to who sanctioned this assault on the peace process? Did the British Prime Minister Tony Blair sanction this? And if not who did? Our delegation to the talks will seek an explanation from Mr Blair.
Ms de Brun said:
"I am obviously outraged by the discovery of this listening device at my offices in Belfast. It provides further evidence, if any more were needed, that elements of the British system are intent on undermining the Irish peace process.
"At last night's meeting, there was a palpable sense of anger. The MEPs all agreed that the GUE/NGL leader Francis Wurtz would raise the matter directly with the European Parliament President Josep Borrell and also bring it to the attention of the Conference of Presidents on Thursday. Mr Wurtz will ask Mr Borrell what he can do to ensure respect for all parliamentarians and call upon him to press the British Government to create a climate of trust in the run up to negotiations this weekend'. ENDS