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Blair challenged to come clean on British Collusion

15 April, 2006

As part of a speech to the annual Easter Commemoration in Portadown, Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Padraig McLochlainn challenged Tony Blair to come clean on the British States role in the murder of citizens in both jurisdictions on this island.

Cllr. McLochlainn said:

"Here in North Armagh the nationalist and republican community know only too well the effects of the British sponsored loyalist death squads who stalked this area for three decades.

"In my own home town of Buncrana we also know of that cost. My predecessor as a Sinn Féin councillor in the town, Eddie Fullerton, was gunned down by one of the same Brit surrogate gangs.

"The Fullerton family in common with so many others in areas like this have had to rely upon their own strength and courage as they have sought to break down the barriers to the truth. Shamefully in the Fullerton case it is not just the British who have questions to answer. Elements of the 26 County system have still many questions to answer about the events of that evening in 1991. But as with all of these cases brave and courageous families, supported by communities who know the truth, will not allow the lies to continue unchallenged.

"I would send out from this gathering today a clear challenge to the British Prime Minister Tony Blair as he approaches the end of his time in office. It is now time to come clean on Britain's dirty war in our country. If he fails to do so then a linkage to the murder machine which was planned, co-ordinated, funded and supported by previous British Labour and Tory governments will forever tarnish him and his legacy." ENDS

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