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'Frankenstein' IMC must be disbanded

1 February, 2006

Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD has announced that Sinn Féin will publish a Bill tomorrow calling for the Irish Government to end its political backing and funding for the discredited International Monitoring Commission and to have the legislation, which brought it into being, repealed. Deputy Ó Caoláin described the Commission as "a Frankenstein monster" created by the two Governments to appease rejectionist unionists. The Cavan/Monaghan TD made his comments as the IMC issued its latest report today.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Once again the accusations made against republicans by the collection of spooks and anti-republican cranks that make up the International Monitoring Commission are based on nothing more than unsubstantiated allegations and innuendo from nameless securocrats within the British establishment.

"The fact that the IMC claims that the IRA has held on to weapons has been effectively dismissed by the body that was actually and legitimately set up under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement to deal with the issue, namely the International Independent Commission for Decommissioning, should sound the death knell for this discredited body.

"Tomorrow Sinn Féin will publish a Bill in the Dáil calling on the Irish Government to repeal the legislation which brought the IMC in to being. It has been clear, and not only to Republicans and Nationalists, that since its inception the IMC was nothing more than a body to provide rejectionist unionists with an excuse not to engage in the peace process. We will argue that the two Governments, instead of facing down the rejectionists and demanding that they engage in the process with Sinn Féin and the other parties, have created a Frankenstein monster which is now firmly under the control of the political police who have sought to frustrate this process at every step of the way.

"It is time to end this dangerous farce and disband the IMC and get on with the job of delivering a real and sustainable peace process, which includes the re-establishment of the political institutions as a matter of urgency." ENDS

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