British Army leave South Armagh today
Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that people in South Armagh will be delighted that the British army occupation of their community will come to an end with the departure of the British Crown Forces from Crossmaglen today.
Mr Murphy said:
"People whose lives have been blighted by the British Army presence here in South Armagh will be delighted that the British army occupation of their community will come to an end with the departure of the British Crown Forces from Crossmaglen. This is a beautiful part of Ireland, with so much potential, that has been marred by the British Army presence.
"For over 30 years the community here in South Armagh has had to endure British Military occupation. Land was stolen and communities were repressed and continually harassed. Spy posts and other British military apparatus as well as British army helicopter activity blighted this area.
"Sinn Féin made the demilitarisation of Republican heartlands like South Armagh a political priority. We put this issue on the agenda and I am satisfied that the British Army occupation of South Armagh is now finally coming to an end.
"Lands stolen and occupied by the British must now be returned to their rightful owners and the larger sites vacated by the Crown Forces should be put to use for the benefit of the communities which have had to endure so much repression from the British Army throughout their unwelcome stay in South Armagh." ENDS