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Sinn Féin challenge Hain to come clean over Inquiry delay

13 December, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Truth, North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has challenged the British Secretary of State Peter Hain to state clearly his government's approach to the issues of truth, healing and closure.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Today's further postponement of the Billy Wright Inquiry is further evidence of the British Government's contempt for those trying to shine a light into the past.

" The irony of it is that this isn't even an independent inquiry but rather one being held under the discredited Inquiries Act which this government introduced in order to limit the scope of any investigations into the past. It is also of course further irony given the fact that many believe that Billy Wright and his gang were working for many years closely with the British State in a campaign of sectarian murder and terror.

" Just as we witnessed during the Saville inquiry, the Barron Inquiries and any number of attempts to uncover the truth about the past, the British Government will use any number of tactics and excuses to frustrate the search for historical clarification.

" Yesterday we learned that documents relating to the state-sponsored Miami Showband massacre may not be accessible due to their being held in a building containing asbestos. And today we have the British Law Lord appointed to head an inquiry complaining about a lack of cooperation from the Prison Authorities and other State Agencies." ENDS

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