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British Government must change attitude towards Truth

23 June, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Truth Philip McGuigan MLA has called on the British Government to change its attitude towards the quest for truth and closure for victims of the conflict in Ireland.

Speaking after a meeting with the Healing Through Remembering project, Mr McGuigan said that the biggest stumbling block to dealing with the past and healing the hurt arising out of the conflict is Britain‚s ongoing policy of denial and cover-up.

"Yesterday the Taoiseach was forced to publicly threaten the British Government with the European Court over its continued refusal to cooperate with the investigation into the murders of 34 people in Dublin and Monaghan on the 17th May 1974. We‚ve also seen the introduction of the Inquiries Act to allow even greater use of the argument of Œnational security‚ to block evidence and facilitate cover-up.

"The British Government is behind everyone else on this issue. Sinn Féin believes that the atmosphere would be transformed around the whole issue of dealing with the past if the British Government began to acknowledge its role as a protagonist in the conflict." ENDS

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