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Taoiseach should call special summit on collusion with British Prime Minister - Ó Caoláin

9 May, 2006


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has reiterated his call for the Taoiseach to demand a special summit meeting on collusion with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair. His call came after the Taoiseach, responding to a Question from Deputy Ó Caoláin, stated in the Dáil that the Government would examine the files uncovered by the Pat Finucane Centre and Justice for the Forgotten in London which show detailed knowledge at top British government level of how the UDR was inextricably linked with loyalist paramilitaries as far back as 1973.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said: "The Pat Finucane Centre and Justice for the Forgotten have uncovered files in the public records office in London which show detailed knowledge at the highest level of British government as far back as 1973 that the Ulster Defence Regiment was inextricably linked with loyalist paramilitaries. The files show that the British government knew that up to 15% of UDR members were also loyalist paramilitaries and that the UDR was the best single source of weapons for loyalist paramilitaries. The question must be asked as to why voluntary organizations have had to uncover these documents. Judge Barron and the other various inquiries did not uncover them nor did any representatives of the Irish government. The documents show the British Ministry of Defence in 1974 -- the year of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings -- agreeing to the extension of the intelligence role of the UDR. The uncovering of these documents clearly exposes as a lie the British government claim that it has no more evidence to give to inquiries on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings of 1974 or the many other cases. For this reason I reiterate my call for the Taoiseach to call a special summit meeting on collusion with the British Prime Minister."

Deputy Ó Caoláin urged the Taoiseach to press the British government to co-operate with the investigation into the murder of Séamus Ludlow. He also condemned what he called "the brutal sectarian murder" of young Michael McIlveen in Ballymena and urged "all political leaders at all levels to confront sectarianism in whatever form it takes so that such tragic deaths can be avoided".

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