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Masonary falls onto homes from British Army helicopter

7 May, 2006

Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy MLA has said that there is a justified anger within the south Armagh community as news of a second incident of masonary being removed from the British military mountain spyposts by helicopters falling on properties. "Once again it has only been through good fortune that no one has been killed or seriously injured" said the MP.

Property in the vicinity of Adavoyle Road Dromintee was damaged by falling masonary and last week a roof on a home was damaged after lumps of stone from the overhead helicopter flight smashed onto it.

"Surely there are rigorous safety requirements about this type of transportation" said the MP who stated that he would be raising the matter with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin as a matter of urgency.

Local Councillor for the area Packie Mc Donald said that the incident once again highlighted the complete disregard that the British military forces had for the community.

"Our community is being treated with contempt not only by those piloting this low flying helicopter cargoes but by those who direct them. There is a genuine fear that someone will be killed before these spy posts are all removed.

"There appears to be no adherance to Health and Safety guidelines for this sort of operation by the crown forces. I have asked our Health and Safety Officials at Newry and Mourne Council to investigate this latest incident" said the Slieve Gullion area Sinn Fein Councillor.

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