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Sinn Féin challenge Murphy over sanctions

1 March, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has revealed that the party have written to the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy challenging him on his decision to impose sanctions on the Sinn Féin electorate in the wake of the latest report from the IMC.

Mr McLaughlin said:

" Last week in the British House of Commons Paul Murphy a man with no votes or no mandate in Ireland chose to impose sanctions on democratically elected Irish politicians. He invited Sinn Féin to make representations to him regarding this matter.

" Sinn Féin have now written to Mr Murphy challenging him to produce a shred of evidence backing the claim that Sinn Féin have been in breach of the Good Friday Agreement. We have also taken this opportunity to make it very clear to Mr Murphy the reality that the IMC operates entirely outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and should have no role whatsoever in the political process.

" The actions of the British government in imposing sanctions against Irish political representatives is a denial of the democratic rights of the electorate and at a time when our collective focus should be on putting the political process back on track only serves to deepen the crisis further." ENDS

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