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Ó Caoláin slams hypocrisy of Pat Rabbitte on British crown forces

30 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has described as hypocritical the remarks of Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte who, in the Dáil today, attempted to blame Sinn Féin for the inclusion of members of British crown forces in the British government's OTR legislation. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"Pat Rabbitte's effort to parrot the SDLP on the OTR legislation reeks of hypocrisy. Sinn Féin did not seek the inclusion of British forces in this legislation and we have voiced our opposition to their inclusion. There was no such secret side deal. The Taoiseach has confirmed this as has the British Secretary of State Peter Hain.

"Deputy Rabbitte has shown scant regard for or interest in the victims of the British crown forces and their unionist paramilitary surrogates over many years. While nationalists and republicans were being killed and injured as a result of collusion Deputy Rabbitte stayed silent on the guilt of the British state and its forces, choosing instead to place all responsibility for the conflict on the shoulders of republicans. His new-found interest in victims of the British state in Ireland has not a shred of credibility." ENDS

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