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Adams statement following meeting with PSNI‏

14 September, 2007

Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams this morning led a senior party delegation, including Cllr Paul Maskey MLA; Cllr Sue Ramsay MLA; Cllr Marie Cush and Cllr Sam Baker, to meet with the PSNI.

The meeting discussed the murder of Harry Holland and specifically information made available to the PSNI on the evening of his murder.

Speaking after the meeting Mr. Adams said:

"It has been reported to Sinn Féin by a number of constituents that in the period preceding the murder of Harry Holland information was given to the PSNI about a number of well known criminals, who had been involved in several incidents of anti social behaviour, and who were carrying knives.

"There is a public concern, which I share, about the PSNI response to this information.

"I have spoken to senior members of the PSNI about these concerns on three occasions since the murder of Harry Holland. And today we furnished the PSNI with the details. Our focus now is on bringing the people who murdered Harry Holland to justice.

"Sinn Féin have been working to create a new atmosphere in which the local community and the PSNI and criminal justice agencies can work constructively together. It is crucial that the PSNI and these agencies fulfil their obligations to uphold the rights of the west Belfast citizens to live in safety and peace, free from intimidation and threat. Sinn Féin have encouraged and will continue to encourage, citizens to come forward with information to the PSNI about criminality." ENDS

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