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Ó Caoláin calls on Taoiseach to organise Summit on Collusion with British PM

24 May, 2006


Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, this morning called on the Taoiseach to organise a Summit with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, with the sole purpose of getting to the truth about British collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.  The Cavan/Monaghan TD made his comments during Leaders Questions in the Dáíl, which coincided with the 15th Anniversary of the murder of Donegal County Councillor, Eddie Fullerton by loyalists, and came a day after the only person convicted in connection with the killing of Pat Finucane was released from prison.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, “On this day 15 years ago Donegal County Councillor Eddie Fullerton, a member of Sinn Féin, was shot dead in his home in Buncrana. Yesterday, Ken Barrett, the only person convicted for the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane was released after serving three years and whisked away by the British Ministry of Defence to a secret hideout outside Ireland. Last Sunday marked the 12th anniversary of the shooting dead of Martin Doherty as he courageously prevented the bombing of the Widow Scallan’s pub, not far from here in Pearse Street. And last week we marked the 32nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in which 33 people died.

"It is now widely accepted that the perpetrators were acting as agents of the British armed forces in the North of Ireland.

"In March of this year the Dáil unanimously passed a resolution calling on the British Government of Tony Blair to establish a full, independent public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.  The British have rejected that unanimous Dáil motion. Tony Blair has rejected your appeals.

"In the case of Ken Barret, a deal was done and a guilty plea ensured that there was no trial and no exposure of the central role of British forces in the murder. The same thing happened with the other British agent involved in the Finucane murder – Brian Nelson. So collusion is ongoing. The British are protecting their agents. Isn’t it clear that your efforts to move Tony Blair have so far failed and you need to step up those efforts?  An item on the agenda is not enough. This must be internationalised.

"Will you now demand a special summit meeting with the British Prime Minister solely focused on the issue of collusion and use that opportunity to demand before the world’s media that this inquiry be established?  Will you place this issue on the EU and UN agenda?

Deputy Ó Caoláin also called on the Taoiseach to establish full public inquiries into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings which claimed 33 lives and the murder of Eddie Fullerton. ENDS

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