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Butler welcomes Step in right direction towards a Museum at Long Kesh

21 August, 2003

Lisburn Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Butler has described reports that the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) is to carry out a preliminary survey of Long Kesh as ' a step in the right direction in bringing some legal protection of the buildings that make up Long Kesh'.

Cllr. Butler said:

"Long Kesh is on a standing with Robben Island, Auschwitz and the Berlin Wall and we cannot afford to lose that history.

"Long Kesh is the most famous and infamous building of the conflict. Everybody in ireland knows of it as do many people around the world.

"The importance that Long Kesh has had in the history of the conflict should form part of the survey that EHS are to carry out on the buildings of the former prison.

"Long Kesh remains the ideal place to give future generations an understanding of the historical significance of the jail."ENDS

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