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Irish Justice Minister accused of being out of touch

13 September, 2005

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA, Philip McGuigan, has described as bizarre the comments of Michael McDowell criticising republicans in the wake of three days of loyalist violence.

"Today's comments from McDowell are the most blatant example of his obsessive anti-republicanism. After three days of orchestrated loyalist violence, much of it directed at isolated nationalist and republican communities, the Irish justice minister attempts to place the responsibility for this on republicans.

"Republicans and nationalist will find his analysis of loyalist attacks very removed from the reality of their lives. Mr McDowell's comments might be better informed if he left the comfort and safety of his Dublin home for a few hours to visit the hundreds of nationalist homes attacked over recent days." ENDS

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