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RIR involvement in collusion will not go away

9 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has said that many nationalists who have lost loved ones both directly and as a result of collusion will be angry at the pay-off for former UDR and RIR members.

Ms Gildernew said:

"The RIR and old UDR were responsible for the murder of many nationalists and republicans both directly and as a result of collusion. The victims of this paramilitary force will be disgusted and angry at this pay-off.

"Sinn Féin have consistently raised the issue of the continuing role of the RIR, its sectarian composition and its collusion with the unionist paramilitaries.

"The issue of collusion and the RIR will not go away. The most recent example involved the handing over of the details of 400 people contained in a dossier removed from Castlereagh and given to one of the loyalist gangs by the RIR. The British attempted to cover up this collusion scandal involving the RIR

"Unionist arguments about the economic implications resulting from the scrapping of the RIR expose the truth about their opposition to progress on demilitarisation. It is based on unionist self-interest not the interests of the peace process or the demilitarisation of our society.

"Sinn Féin have argued that demilitarisation should and could release millions of pounds for use on frontline services such as health and education and to tackle decades of under investment and neglect, particularly West of the Bann. Rather than seek a British Exchequer subvention of millions for the exclusive benefit of the unionist population I believe that many people in places like Fermanagh and Tyrone would prefer to see this money spent on improving the roads infrastructure, improving local schools and in developing the local economy to the benefit of everyone." ENDS

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