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de Brún speaks in favour of GUE/NGL resolution in support of McCartney family's campaign for justice

9 May, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will this evening speak in the European Parliament in favour of a GUE/NGL resolution supporting the McCartney family's campaign for justice. Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin supports the McCartney family's demand for those responsible for Robert's murder to face trial and we will continue to do all that we can to help them". ENDS

Full text of speech:

Tacaíonn Sinn Féin le héileamh chlann McCartney go dtógfar os comhair na cúirte iad siúd a dhúnmharaigh Robert agus leanfaidh muid linn lenár ndícheall a dhéanamh cuidiú leis an chlann.

Casadh Sinn Féin ar chlann McCartney níos mó ná uair amháin. Bhuail mise leo nuair a thug siad cuairt ar an Pharlaimint sa Bhruiséal roinnt seachtainí ó shin. Gheall mé mo thacaíocht féin dóibh agus tacaíocht an pháirtí seo chomh maith.

Sinn Féin supports the McCartney family's demand for those responsible for Robert's murder to face trial and we will continue to do all that we can to help them. Our party has met with the McCartney family a number of times. I met them when they visited the Parliament in Brussels a few weeks ago. I have pledged them my support and the support of this party.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on those responsible to come forward and admit their responsibility for this horrendous murder. They have refused. He also called on everyone who was in the vicinity of Maginnis's bar to provide full and frank statements.

Because we take this matter so seriously, 11 members of our party who were in the bar on that night and one who later arrived on the scene, were suspended without prejudice. This has been done to establish, whether or not they complied with the call by party leaders for everyone to provide a full and frank statement.

Two members were expelled for refusing to follow this instruction and four others resigned. The other six remain suspended pending a report to our party's National Executive.

Mar Fheisire Eorpach Shinn Féin agus mar dhuine aonair, ní rachainn ar fheachtas ar son íobartaigh bhithiúntacht na Breataine agus na nAontachtóirí muna rabh mé díreach chomh soiléir agus chomh geallta sin le ceartas chlann McCartney.

Ba chóir daofa siúd a dhúnmharaigh Robert McCartney go brúidiúil é sin a admháil i gcúirt dlí. Is é sin an t-aon bhealach cuíosach dóibh. Ba cheart d'éinne eolach eile teacht chun tosaigh. Creidtear dúinn-ne gur chóir don PSNI an cás a chur i ngníomh um an dtaca seo. Níl fiosrúchán críochniúil déanta acu sa chás.

As a Sinn Féin MEP and as an individual I could not campaign for the victims of British or unionist paramilitary thuggery, if I was not as clear and as committed to justice for the McCartney family.

Those responsible for the brutal killing of Robert McCartney should admit to what they did in a court of law. That is the only decent thing for them to do. Others with any information should come forward. It is our belief that the PSNI could and should have acted by now. They have not carried

out a thorough investigation.

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