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McEntee report must be published ASAP - McDonald

13 March, 2007

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Taoiseach to publish the McEntee report into the Dublin Monaghan Bombings as early as possible. Speaking today Ms. McDonald called for a full debate on collusion to take place before the Dáil rises for elections in the summer.

Ms. McDonald said, "The Taoiseach now has the long awaited report on the Dublin Monaghan Bombings from Paddy McEntee in his hands. He should waste no time in getting the document published and proceeding with the promised Dáil debate on collusion. This debate must be full and open and focussed on the whole issue of collusion and not restricted to the Dublin Monaghan Bombings alone.

"The debate must not be guillotined as previous debates on collusion have been and to ensure this my Sinn Féin colleagues in Leinster House will call for a suspension of normal Dáil business to allow for a full debate as soon as the report is published.

"Last week Sinn Féin published Dáil motion on collusion that 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. We feel this motion should form the basis for the debate in Leinster House as this would ensure that follow up actions take place.

"Our motion calls on the Government to demand an inter-governmental conference with the British Government specifically dealing with the issue of collusion and truth recovery and calls for the establishment of full, public, independent, judicial inquiries into murders in this state where collusion is reasonably suspected.

"The bottom line is that citizens in this state have been murdered by British surrogates and that puts responsibilities on this Dáil to have a full and open debate on collusion and on the Taoiseach to demand British cooperation in collusion inquiries. All of this must happen as soon as possible." ENDS

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