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Collusion debate will not go away

9 February, 2007


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has warned the British and Irish governments that the debate about collusion will not go away until the issue if collusion is dealt with. Ms de Brún was speaking ahead of a series of events to highlight the issue this weekend.

On Saturday, February 10th, the North Star Hotel in Dublin will host a Conference on Collusion with speakers from a number of families including; Margaret Urwin (Justice for the Forgotten), Amanda Fullerton (Eddie Fullerton for Justice), John Finucane (Son of Pat Finucane), a relative of the Ludlow family and Paul O Connor (Pat Finucane Centre) and Mark Thompson (Relatives for Justice).

On Sunday a new mural in memory of Pat Finucane will be unveiled in Belfast.

Monday, February 12th, is the 17th anniversary of the murder of Pat Finucane.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"The Nuala O`Loan Report into the murder of Raymond McCord highlights the
extent and nature of collusion in one small part of Belfast, over a small
period of time. However, there is already a great deal of evidence that
exposes the far wider and deeper scale and institutionalised nature of
collusion.

"While many unionists are running away from the debate and the British
government refuse to accept responsibility for the policy of collusion they
all need to recognise that it will not go away until the issue if collusion
is dealt with.

"The issue of collusion challenges all of us.  The British and Irish
governments and all of the structures involved in the British state policy
of collusion including serving and past RUC and PSNI, UDR and RIR and MI5
members must recognise all victims of the conflict including over 1,000
people who died as a result of state violence and collusion.

"Fundamentally the political masters who developed and carried out the
policy of collusion must be made accountable for a policy that lead to the
murder of hundreds of people on both sides of the Border." ENDS

Note to Editors

Conference on Collusion - Saturday 10th February, at the North Star Hotel,
Amiens Street, Dublin.

10.30am: Registration
11am: Opening by Mary Lou Mc Donald MEP
11.10am: First Session: Collusion & Cover Up
Margaret Urwin (Justice for the Forgotten)
Amanda Fullerton (Eddie Fullerton for Justice)
John Finucane (Son of Pat Finucane)

12.30pm: Second Session: Truth Recovery
Chair Bernice Swift
Aengus O Snodaigh TD (SF Justice Spokesperson)
Paul O Connor (Pat Finucane Centre)
Relative of Ludlow Family
Mark Thompson (Relatives for Justice)

Close 2pm

Unveiling of Mural in Memory of Pat Finucane - 2 pm Sunday 11th February,
Beechmount Drive, Belfast (facing the Falls Community Council).


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