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IMC Exemption From Freedom Of Information Act

13 December, 2005


Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today said that the news that the IMC is exempt from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act adds further evidence to the belief that this organisation is operating in the shadows afraid of the glare of public attention.

Mr Murphy said:

"Since its inception the IMC has operated as little more than a tool of the British securocrats. Its purpose is to provide political cover for those hostile to the peace process and hostile to the involvement of Sinn Féin in it.

"Given the fact that the IMC is in the main made up of and reliant upon spooks and spies it will come as no surprise that they have been exempted from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. This fact will add further evidence to the widely held belief that this organisation is operating in the shadows afraid of the glare of public attention.

"Sinn Féin will continue to resist attacks on the political process, our party and our electorate by this unelected and unaccountable quango. Unlike those who back this grouping Sinn Féin will continue to stand by the Good Friday Agreement and defend it in the face of securocrat attacks." ENDS



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