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Sinn Féin expresses disappointment at FG rejection of amendment to motion

1 March, 2005

Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD, has expressed his disappointment that the Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, has decided not to accept an amendment from Sinn Féin to his Private Members Motion on the murder of Robert McCartney. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"Sinn Féin supports the thrust of the Fine Gael motion but the final paragraph restricts the means by which information may be brought forward to help bring the killers to justice. The reality is that there are many within the nationalist community who for good reason do not trust the PSNI and simply will not bring forward information to them. This reality cannot be ignored if we are serious about delivering justice for the McCartney family.

"Indeed the PSNI themselves have recognised this reality when they began the re-investigation into the loyalist killing of Sean Brown in Bellaghy, Co. Derry. The PSNI issued an appeal which encouraged people to use a named firm of solicitors or the Pat Finucane Centre to bring forward information as an alternative to dealing directly with the PSNI. This is the sort of pragmatic and realistic approach which is necessary to deliver justice in this case also.

"The motion as it stands is excluding from the search for truth and justice any information which people in this category may have and therefore, if passed, rather than assisting the family, could, in my view, set the search for justice back. For this reason Sinn Féin asked Fine Gael to accept our amendment. Their refusal is very regrettable." ENDS

NOTE TO EDITOR: Sinn Féin amendment to FG Private Members Business 1/3/05

After "police", to insert the following: or, for those who do not support or trust the PSNI, to bring forward any information they may have to the family, a solicitor or any other authoritative or reputable person or body. ENDS

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