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Martin Ferris welcomes statement from republican POWs in Castlerea

13 March, 2005


Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North Martin Ferris has welcomed this afternoon's statement from Kevin Walsh, Pearse McAuley, Jeremiah Sheehy and Michael O'Neill. Deputy Ferris said:

"I want to welcome this afternoon's statement from Kevin Walsh, Pearse McAuley, Jeremiah Sheehy and Michael O'Neill. This was a difficult decision for the men and their families, particularly as the government had twice agreed to their release.

"I believe their apology to the McCabe and O'Sullivan families is genuine as is their desire not to be used as a blockage to ongoing efforts to re-build the peace process.

"Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for the release of the four men but we will honour their request that this will not be part of negotiations."ENDS

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