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Durkan accused of being an apologist for British securocrats

11 October, 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has accused Mark Durkan of sour grapes and being an apologist for British securocrats.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"For the most selfish party political reasons Mark Durkan is regurgitating tired and unfounded propaganda lies and myths peddled by British securocrats.

"Margaret Thatcher's criminalisation policy failed in 1991 and despite the SDLP's efforts it will not succeed in 2005.

"The SDLP still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that the majority of nationalists and republicans endorse Sinn Fein including our position on policing. Their resentment is the real reason for their singular focus on Sinn Féin at a time when loyalists and British securocrats are attempting subvert the peace process.

"Sinn Féin wants proper policing. We will not settle for less than people deserve because sectarian political policing must become a thing of the past. Sinn Féin will not be deflected from our responsibility to ensure that get policing right." ENDS

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