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Sinn Féin move Bill to have the Independent Monitoring Commission disbanded

2 February, 2006

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh today moved a Bill in the Dáil calling for the legislation that brought the Independent Monitoring Commission in to being to be repealed.  Deputy Ó Snodaigh described yesterday’s report from the IMC as "farcical" and said it was "nothing more than a permit for prevarication” that the two Governments "foolishly" handed to the rejectionist unionists. He pointed out that more than €1.5 million per year had been spent by the Irish Government on the IMC since its establishment in 2003.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "It is quiet clear to even the most narrow-minded of observers of the peace process that the so-called Independent Monitoring Commission is nothing of the sort.  Its farcical report yesterday, which once again relies on anonymous and unsubstantiated allegations and innuendo from extremely suspect sources, is nothing more than a permit for prevarication, which the two governments foolishly handed rejectionist unionists and their fellow-travellers.

"Sinn Féin pointed out at the time that the legislation was going through Leinster House to give legal effect to this body that it would be used and abused by those who are hell-bent on frustrating the development of the peace process.  This latest report has, as was the case with all the previous reports of this discredited body, unfortunately proved us right.

"Sinn Féin has put before the Dáil today a Bill which would repeal the legislation that brought the body in to being and which provided it with its substantial funding from the Irish taxpayer.  I am calling on the Government to adopt this Bill and put it to the House so that the collection of spooks and anti-republican cranks that make up the IMC can be disbanded immediately.  In the interests of the peace process and in the re-establishment of the institutions it is crucial that this happens sooner rather than later." ENDS

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