Welcome for Taoiseach raising collusion issue with British Prime Minster
Sinn Féin TD Aengus O’Snodaigh has welcomed the fact that the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is to raise with the British Prime Minster Tony Blair British State involvement in the murder of citizens through their policy of collusion during their talks in London today.
The Dublin South-Central TD said: “Last week's Oireachtas report into the role of the British State in the murder of citizens, through their policy of controlling and directing the activities of unionist paramilitary gangs, was the latest in a long succession of irrefutable evidence, which has recently emerged about the extent of the British State involvement in the murder of citizens across the island of Ireland.
“I welcome the fact that the Taoiseach is finally to raise these issues with the British Prime Minister during their talks in London today. Bertie Ahern needs to make it very clear to the Tony Blair that the policy of concealment and cover-up, which has marked their approach so far to this issue, had to end. It is no longer an option for the British government to ignore inquires like that established by Justice Barron.
“The families of those killed by the British State through collusion have long demanded an independent, international inquiry into these matters as the only way in which the truth can be revealed. Sinn Féin absolutely supports these families in their campaign. It is now vital that the
Taoiseach adds his voice to this call and ensures that the British government will be required to co-operate with such an inquiry in the future.”