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Sinn Fein to hold meeting with Paul Murphy

1 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP will lead a party delegation including Cllr. Joe Reilly, Pat Doherty MP and Caitriona Ruane MLA to meet with the British Secretary Of State at 11.30am tomorrow morning (Wednesday 2nd February) at Hillsborough Castle.

The delegation will be available to speak to the media.

Speaking today before the meeting South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane said:

"Tomorrow we will be confronting the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy about recent comments he made in the USA concerning our electoral mandate. We will also be seeking answers from him about a briefing given late last year by the leading securocrat Joe Piling when it stated very clearly that the objective of the NIO was to stop the growth of Sinn Fein in the time ahead.

" Joe Piling is supposed to be under the control of Paul Murphy. Either his comments about NIO strategy are the position of the British government or else Mr Murphy has to get a grip of the securocrats running his own department.

" We will also take the oppourtunity to tell Mr Murphy in very clear terms that in our view as a British politician with no mandate either to be in Ireland or from the Irish people he is in no position to discriminate against the majority of nationalists in the six counties through sanctions against Sinn Fein." ENDS

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