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McGuinness rubbishes Ward statement

11 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Leader Martin Mc Guinness responding to recent reports from the Saville Tribunal said:

" I have persistently refuted these and other allegations regarding IRA activity on the day and particularly those allegations directed towards me personally. Whether we are dealing with Liam Clarke's version of Paddy Ward's claims or the most recent version from Ward himself they are absolute rubbish.

"I have given extensive co-operation to the Inquiry making a number of submissions in regard to allegations coming from different British government sources and their agents. My primary motivation for co-operating with the Inquiry has always been to assist the Bloody Sunday families to uncover the truth about how and why their loved ones were murdered on that day. I will continue in my efforts to assist this quest.

"I will deal with these allegations robustly through my legal representatives when Mr Ward presents himself to the Inquiry. We will want to know if Mr Ward was a paid agent of any branch of British Intelligence Services? We have also requested a copy of the tapes of Liam Clarke's interviews with Mr Ward that Clarke now claims to have even though he has not submitted them to Saville." ENDS

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