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Enda fiddling while Ahoghill burns

19 August, 2005


Speaking ahead of a fact-finding visit to the besieged village of Ahoghill in Co Antrim, Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Killian Forde has questioned the commitment and interest of the main opposition parties to the protection of Irish citizens in the Six Counties. Councillor Forde pointed out that opposition parties were "highly vocal on and visible in the Six Counties when the SDLP were in need of a respectable showing in the Westminster elections" but have not been seen or heard of in three months of Unionist attacks on the Nationalist community.

Councillor Forde said, "Earlier this year the opposition parties were highly vocal on and visible in the Six Counties when the SDLP were in need of a respectable showing in the Westminster elections. Yesterday Sinn Féin released a dossier outlining almost 100 attacks on Nationalists, their homes, business's and churches since June 2005. Yet despite three months of attacks, comment from the opposition parties has been negligible and their actions non-existent.

"So while Irish citizens are being ethnically cleansed from their homes Enda Kenny misses no chance to attack Sinn Féin. While five more people are buried due to unionist violence Enda bleats on about Sinn Féin funding sources and while Irish parents are forced to fit new windows and erect fences around isolated schools Enda is busy writing a speech for Sunday twisting the legacy of Michael Collins."

Councillor Forde noted that "Enda is not alone in his silence, the chorus line of indignation that accompanies the Labour front bench appears to have developed a vow of silence on unionist violence." ENDS

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