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British Army incursion into County Monaghan

18 October, 2004

Clones Councillor Pat Treanor hit out at the latest British Army incursion over Clones town and surrounding area on Sunday 17th Oct at 5pm. The large helicopter flew up to two miles into County Monaghan and then over Clones town on its return to Co. Fermanagh.

Cllr Treanor said : „This was a totally illegal and provocative incursion into County Monaghan by the British Army. It is particularly outrageous at the present time, when serious efforts are being made to bolster up the Peace Process. People are rightly suspicious and concerned by this incident. I have reported it to the local Gardaí and have asked for an investigation.

"My 12-year-old daughter, Cáit, and two of her friends were playing at Bishopscourt, about a mile out of Clones. They were able to describe a large green helicopter with camouflage colouring, flying overhead."

Cllr Treanor said that he has contacted Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, who will raise the issue with the Dublin Government. He has also contacted the Sinn Féin representative on the British/Irish Intergovernmental Body, Arthur Morgan, who will also attempt to raise it at a meeting in Wales today.

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