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European Parliament can assist in search for truth regarding British state collusion in Ireland - Mary Lou McDonald

7 December, 2005


Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald speaking in Brussels this afternoon said "A spotlight must be shone on Britain's role in Ireland, and the EU member states, Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers need to be questioning the British Government on its involvement in the murder of Irish citizens, particularly whilst it currently holds the Presidency of the European Union."

Today Sinn Féin hosted a delegation of campaigners to the European Parliament whose loved ones were murdered as a result of British state violence and collusion with unionist paramilitaries.

Speaking after hosting a press conference for the families Ms McDonald said that the families were well received at the Parliament and met with a number of MEPs representing six of the seven European groupings.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"Today's visit to the European Parliament by the relatives of those murdered as a result of the British state violence and collusion was very significant.

"This is their second visit to the Parliament in the space of one year and is a clear indication of their determination to break down the wall of silence with regard to British government involvement in the murder of Irish citizens.

"The families met with representatives of six of the seven European groupings in the EU Parliament and expressed their hope for support from Europe. The fact that a diverse range of groups met with the families is a testament to the families' persistence and determination to find the truth of what happened to their loved ones.

"Europe has a part to play in assisting the families in their quest for justice. For years the British Government denied the very existence of the policy of collusion against Irish people. There is now a particular onus on the British Government to state the truth.

"In the coming weeks Sinn Féin will continue to work with the families to try and secure a cross party fact finding delegation from the European Parliament.

"A spotlight must be shone on Britain's role in Ireland, and the EU member states, Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers need to be questioning the British Government on its involvement in the murder of Irish citizens, particularly whilst it currently holds the Presidency of the European Union." ENDS

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