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Another listening device found in Republican's home

29 June, 2005

Following the discovery of an electronic listening device in the loft of a well-known republican activist's home this morning Foyle Assembly Member, Raymond Mc Cartney said:

"This is just the latest evidence that the PSNI, Special Branch and British Military Intelligence have no intention of entering a new mode.

"This morning workmen carrying out renovations to the home of Derry Republican, Andrew Mc Cartney discovered an electronic device planted in the kitchen ceiling cavity. Although it is impossible to determine how long this sophisticated device was in place it has to be assumed that it was placed there with the authorisation of either British Secretary of State Peter Hain or his predecessors.

"This is totally unacceptable and only serves to highlight the fact that while the British government is demanding acts of confidence from others it is intent of carrying on with its criminal activities against republicans.

"I intend to have this matter raised with both governments by my Party Leader Gerry Adams to demand an explanation for and an end to these attacks on the rights of republicans to live free from this type of unwarranted invasion of their family privacy and harassment.

"I would also strongly advise republican activists to have their homes searched for such devices." ENDS

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