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Former RUC Special Branchmen living in denial

21 March, 2007

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd today said that political unionism and the RUC Old Guard were in denial over collusion and the British State murder of citizens. Mr O'Dowd's remarks come in the wake of an effort by former RUC Special Branch members to discredit the O'Loan Report into UVF/Special Branch collusion and a DUP sponsored debate in Westminster today with a similar agenda.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"There is irrefutable evidence that the British State operated a policy of state sanctioned murder throughout the island of Ireland. If former RUC Special Branch members believe that publishing a document rubbishing the
O'Loan report into collusion between their organisation and the UVF they will somehow stop the full truth from emerging in the time ahead then they are mistaken.

"Large sections of political unionism and the RUC Old Guard are in denial. The reality remains that the unionist death squads were operating in order to maintain the Union. The reality also remains that the demands of those
families bereaved through collusion for the truth will not go away. Sinn Féin will not allow these demands for truth and justice to be swept away by DUP motions in the British House of Commons or PR stunts by former members
of the discredited RUC Special Branch.

"The Report by the Police Ombudsman into the activities of the Special Branch and the UVF in Mount Vernon is the tip of a collusion iceberg. It would benefit all of society more if the DUP, instead of trying to encourage a cover-up, spelt out in clear terms a demands for serving and former members of the RUC and PSNI to co-operate fully with the Police Ombudsman in her investigations into these very serious matters." ENDS

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