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Sinn Féin will not allow Orde to distract from rebuilding process

28 April, 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has dismissed as 'yet another political intervention' comments made today by Hugh Orde concerning republican activity.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"At a time when those of us in the leadership of Sinn Féin are concentrating on rebuilding the political process and following on from confirmation that the IRA have authorised a discussion on its future direction nationalists and republicans will view Hugh Orde's comments today as yet another political intervention from the PSNI.

"When Hugh Orde took over the reins of the PSNI he told us that he would not mix policing with politics. Unfortunately on a number of occasions he has insisted on making very overt political interventions. Given the fact that these latest remarks come in the midst of an election campaign and at a time when the initiative by Gerry Adams offers the prospect of forward movement in the political process many questions will be raised about the intentions of the PSNI in the time ahead.

" Sinn Féin will not allow Hugh Orde or anyone else to distract us from our efforts to rebuild the political process and see the recent initiative by Gerry Adams built upon. We are absolutely committed to seeing the Good Friday Agreement implemented in full and in the period after these elections we will be seeking to ensure that real progress is made." ENDS

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