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Sinn Féin welcome demilitarisation of Bessbrook Heliport

2 October, 2006


Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh and the Party's spokesperson on Demilitarisation Davy Hyland has today welcomed the news that the British Army has begun to dismantle the Helipad at Bessbrook in South Armagh.

Speaking today Mr Hyland said:

"The news that the British Army has begun to dismantle the Heliport in Bessbrook will undoubtedly be welcomed by the local community across South Armagh. At its peak, this base was the busiest in Western Europe and disrupted local life immensely, through noise pollution, low flying and constant intimidation and harassment.

"British Army bases in South Armagh are a blight on the landscape and a long standing symbol of British oppression in the area. It is welcome that another one is in the process of being consigned to history." ENDS

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