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Sinn Fein respond to Ard Fheis bomb claim

31 August, 2006

Responding to claims by the UVF that they left a bomb in the Mansion House during the 1981 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Dublin City Sinn Féin Councillor Christy Burke said:

"Firstly we have no way of establishing at this stage whether or not this claim is true. However during the course of the past thirty years there have been instances where the UVF working closely with British Intelligence agencies carried out attacks in Dublin. We had the devastating bombs in 1972 and 1974 and more recently Martin Doherty was murdered at the Widow Scallans bar.

"Obviously the first thing which needs to happen is for a thorough search to take place in the Mansion House to ensure that the building is safe. However this claim does raise very serious questions which require answers. We need to establish if any other buildings had similar devices planted in them and the Irish government need to demand answers from the British government about their involvement with the UVF at this time.

"The culture of concealment and cover-up at the heart of the British government policy of collusion needs to be ended. Very few people believe that the UVF acting alone were capable of carrying out these types of attacks in Dublin. If this story is proven then it will become another page in the collusion story which still needs to be exposed." ENDS

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