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Sinn Féin publish Dáil motion on collusion

8 March, 2007


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has published a Dáil motion calling on the Government to demand an inter-governmental summit with the British Government dealing specifically with the issue of collusion and truth recovery. The motion, which was drafted in consultation with groups such as The Pat Finucane Centre, The Justice for Eddie Fullerton Campaign, Justice for the Forgotten and Relatives for Justice, will be placed on the Dáil order paper today and Sinn Féin is calling on the Government to provide time for it to be debated and for all parties to support the motion.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Next week Paddy McEntee is due to report on his investigation into the Dublin Monaghan bombings. The Government has promised to provide time for a debate on collusion after the report is published and Sinn Féin has argued that that debate should be motion focussed to ensure follow up actions take place. Therefore we are publishing this motion which has been drafted in consultation with campaigners for victims of collusion and we are calling on the Government to provide time for it to be debated and for all party support for it.

"This motion comes on the back of a very successful and well attended conference on collusion organised by Sinn Féin Átha Cliath and held here in the city last month. It was at that conference that the decision was taken to produce a Dáil motion to put on the order paper. Our fear is that the Government may renege on their commitment to hold a debate or could guillotine the debate before any meaningful outcome is achieved.

"Our motion recognises the failure of the Government to establish full, independent, public judicial inquiries into all those killings in this state where collusion is reasonably suspected, recognises that the Tribunals of Inquiry Bill 2005, like the British Inquiries Act 2005, may serve to limit the potential of future tribunals to uncover the truth and therefore calls on the government to withdraw this Bill and amend it accordingly, and our motion also calls on the Government to demand an inter-governmental summit with the British Government dealing specifically with the issue of collusion and truth recovery.

"The British Government, through its surrogates in Ireland, has been responsible for the murder of citizens in this state. There is an onus on this Dáil to have a full and open debate on this issue and for the Taoiseach to demand cooperation from the British Prime Minister in collusion inquiries." ENDS

Text of motion follows:

That the Dáil:

Remembering the brutal killings of approximately 50 people in this State, and all those who suffered grave injuries, resulting from the policy of British state collusion with loyalist death squads;

Sympathising with the pain and loss suffered by their families compounded down the years by the refusal of those in authority to uncover the truth surrounding the events leading to the death of their loved ones and the subsequent investigations;

Commending all those families who have suffered as a result of collusion for their courageous and enduring efforts to uncover the truth;

Recognising that the findings of a variety of Reports justify the demand for full, independent, public judicial inquiries including:

- the Barron Report which concluded in relation to the Dublin-Monaghan bombings that a cover-up involving British forces, Gardaí and the Irish Government could not be ruled out;

- The Cory Report into the Murder of Pat Finucane and the involvement of at least five agents of the British State in that one particular killing;

- the Report of the Independent International Panel on Collusion in Sectarian Killings which concluded that in 24 of the 25 cases examined, including the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, there is "significant and credible evidence of involvement of police and military agents of the United Kingdom, both directly and in collusion with loyalist extremists";

- The Oireachtas Committee Report on the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Bombing of Kay's Tavern Dundalk;

- The Police Ombudsman Nuala O Loan's Investigative Report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Raymond McCord Jnr and related matters which exposed the systemic reality and extent of collusion including collusion in attacks undertaken by loyalist paramilitaries in the 26 counties;

Recalling the All-Party Dáil motion of 8th March 2006 which calls for the immediate establishment of a full, independent, public judicial inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane;

Deeply regrets the Government's failure to establish full, independent, public judicial inquiries into all those killings in this state where collusion is reasonably suspected;

Recognises that the Tribunals of Inquiry Bill 2005, like the British Inquiries Act 2005, may serve to limit the potential of future tribunals to uncover the truth and therefore calls on the government to withdraw this Bill and amend it accordingly;

And calls on the Government to demand an inter-governmental summit with the British Government dealing specifically with the issue of collusion and truth recovery.

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