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Time for Dáil silence on collusion to end

9 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has accused ‘successive Irish governments of turning a blind eye to the murder of their citizens by a foreign government.’ He was speaking ahead of a conference in Dublin tomorrow on collusion in Ireland.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh and party Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP will be available to the media just before the beginning of the conference at 10.45am in the North Star Hotel, Amiens Street, Dublin.

   The Dublin South-Central TD said: “For too long the major parties in
   this state have acted like the three monkeys, refusing to see, hear, or
   speak out about the integral links between British security forces and
   loyalist death squads, even when they killed this state’s own citizens.

   “Reports from the Oireachtas Justice Committee, the recent O’Loan report
   and the Independent International Panel on Collusion in Sectarian
   Killings have eliminated the feeble excuses used by parties in the South
   to ignore the activities of British agents on both sides of the border.

   “Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for an international inquiry into
   collusion, the opening up of Britain’s files on their dirty war in
   Ireland and an end to the cover-ups in London and Dublin.

   “The conference tomorrow is about advancing that process and I would
   reiterate my call for a full Dáil debate on collusion and on the actions
   of successive Irish governments in turning a blind eye to the murder of
   their citizens by a foreign government.”


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