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British Undercover Policing Inquiry must be extended to cover the north of Ireland – Boylan

7 June, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has reiterated her call for the British Undercover Policing Inquiry to be extended to cover the north of Ireland and is now seeking legal advice on the possibility of Sinn Féin becoming a Core Participant in the inquiry.

Reacting to today’s news that a British Special Demonstration Squad Member infiltrated the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA)​and Friends of Sinn Féin London between 1968-1974, Ms Boylan said:

“Today’s news is of grave concern and is absolute confirmation of the need for the scope of this inquiry to be extended.  Sinn Féin have repeatedly called on the British Government to extend the inquiry and I have raised the matter in the European Parliament.

“The fact that an undercover police officer by the alias of Sean Lynch was spying on NICRA and Friends of Sinn Féin is deeply troubling and could have serious implications for the investigation of legacy cases.

“The previous two Justice Ministers in the Assembly David Ford and Claire Sugden have formally requested the inquiry extension.  In light of the current suspension of the Assembly, ​the seven Sinn Féin MPs will now formally write to the British Home Secretary Sajid Javid to reiterate that call in light of today’s information.”

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