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Sinn Féin TDs to meet PSNI land grab families

30 June, 2006

The Sinn Féin TDs in Leinster House will visit Crossmaglen this afternoon to visit families on the Square who have been informed that the PSNI are going to attempt to steal land from them which was previously vested by the British Army.

The visit will take place at 1pm and the delegation is available to speak to the media.

Speaking from South Armagh the Sinn Féin group leader in Leinster house Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

"The people of Crossmaglen and South Armagh in general have lived with the reality of British occupation for decades. As someone elected to represent a neighbouring constituency I know this only too well. It is unacceptable that as we have finally reached a point where the British government are beginning to take seriously their responsibilities to demilitarise the PSNI have moved in and are attempting what can only be described as a shabby land grab.

"The intention of the PSNI to steal property currently occupied by the Crown Forces indicates that the military agenda of the political detectives within the PSNI is still writ large. The British government have in the past clearly indicated that land currently occupied by the British Army will return to its rightful owner. Sinn Féin are determined that this will be the case with the ground adjacent to the homes and businesses on Crossmaglen Square.

"We raised this issue with the two governments yesterday and we will continue to campaign along with the people of this area for a complete demilitarisation of the British war apparatus and for the return of occupied land to its rightful owners." ENDS

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