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Sinn Féin will not accept lectures from British

11 January, 2005

Speaking in London after the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy made his statement to the British House of Commons concerning the unsubstantiated allegation made by securocrats alleging IRA involvement in the robbery at the Northern Bank, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"Sinn Féin will stand over our record in the peace process.

"Sinn Féin's participation in this process and in any government is based entirely on our substantial electoral mandate and nothing else. We are the largest nationalist party in the six counties and the third largest party on this island. In contrast Paul Murphy has no mandate from the Irish people and we will not tolerate attempts by him to sanction or demonise the Sinn Féin electorate.

" Furthermore Sinn Féin will not take lectures from any British government on criminality when successive British governments engaged in a policy of state sanctioned murder against the nationalist community through their control and direction of the unionist death squads. The current British government of which Paul Murphy is part continues to cover-up this activity." ENDS

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