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INTIMIDATION ATTACKS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIABLE - SINN FÉIN

16 September, 2003


West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty, speaking about the weekend hoax bomb attack at the home of SDLP Cllr Tom Mc Bride and today's (Tuesday) arson attack on the car of another DPP member said:

The local MP said,

"This has undoubtedly been extremely traumatic experience for all those affected by these attacks.

"Such acts of intimidation are completely unjustifiable. Those responsible, devoid of any support or coherent political strategy are merely involved in squalid effort to undermine the Peace Process. It is ironic, but perhaps not co-incidental, that these micro-groups are joined by certain elements of the British Intelligence Services in this aim.

"There are major issues yet to be addressed before we have a new beginning to policing, including the transfer of policing and justice powers to the Assembly, and Sinn Féin has been and will continue to seek to have these major issues addressed through the political process.

"Sinn Féin and the people we represent have legitimate problems with major shortcomings in the current policing set up but we will continue to push for and are determined to achieve a new beginning to policing which is democratically accountable, representative and totally free from partisan political control." THE END

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