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NI Affairs Committee has about as much credibility as the IMC

5 July, 2006

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy said that the NI Affairs Committee has about as much independence and credibility as the discredited IMC.

Mr Murphy said:

"Given the make up and operation of this body nationalists and republicans will place little credibility on anything said in today‚s report. By their own admission it is based entirely on secret conversations with the PSNI and ARA, which is of course headed by a former member of Special Branch. They have about as much credibility as John Alderdice and his IMC in the eyes of the community I represent.

"This committee travelled in secret to South Armagh a number of weeks ago. They did not meet either with myself as local MP or indeed more importantly with the community in South Armagh. That fact says more than anything I can say. There has for sometime been an agenda at work to demonise the community in South Armagh, this effort is part of that.

"Where criminality exists it is up to the courts to deal with it. Interestingly of course there is no mention in this report of ongoing efforts by the PSNI and Policing Board to steal land belonging to residents in Crossmaglen nor any reference to recent figures revealing over 200 convicted criminals within the ranks of the PSNI." ENDS

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