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MP rubbishes paper claims IRA was behind mortars

SINN Féin MP for Conor Murphy has heavily criticised an article in yesterday’s Sunday Independent newspaper which blamed a recent mortar discovery in South Armagh on the IRA.
The Newry and Armagh MP described the story on last week’s Cullyhanna mortar bomb as “highly irresponsible and based purely on fantasy”.

He told Armagh I: “Instead of dealing with a dangerous attack by one of the tiny, unrepresentative militarist factions, in which a recognised code word was given to the  PSNI, the Sunday Independent has made utterly outlandish allegations about IRA involvement, which have no foundation whatsoever.

“Such a nonsensical story will be seen for what it is in the South Armagh  area, but it raises serious questions about the standard of journalism at the Sunday independent.
“The IRA decommissioned, stood down its structures and left the stage many  years ago. Anyone with any credibility in politics or journalism knows  this.
“Fifteen years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and almost 20 years after the first IRA ceasefire, such allegations are ludicrous.

“However, by publishing such baseless articles, the Sunday Independent is ignoring the sinister agendas at work behind them and the danger of damaging a hard won peace.”

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