[Sinn Fein]

25th April 2000


Media Mis-Information in Relation to Castlerea

The following is a statement on behalf of the Sinn Fein Prisoners Department.

``In the last 24 hours a lot of inaccurate and misleading information has appeared in the media in relation to a number of items which are in the possession of republican prisoners in Castlerea jail. Due to the seriousness of the allegations we would like to clarify this matter immediately.

``The passport which was found belongs to one of the republican prisoners. It was returned to him by a Garda Detective from Limerick six weeks ago along with his drivers licence and remains in his possession this evening. It was taken from the man at the time of his arrest.

``The 1000 that is being referred to is money which belongs to all ten republican prisoners and is used as a float for telephone calls and food.

``The hammer and drill which were found are used by republican prisoners in the production of crafts ie harps and bodhrans.

``It is clear that those with an agenda against the remaining republican prisoners in Castlerea have been attempting to manipulate the media in order to present these matters in a very sinister light. It is a matter of deep concern this evening.''


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