[Sinn Fein]

24 November 2000

McBride killers rewarded

North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has reacted angrily to today's announcement that the killers of New Lodge man Peter McBride will be allowed to remain in the British Army.

Mr. Kelly said:

``Today's announcement, while coming as no surprise to nationalists, is a slap in the face not only for the McBride family but also for nationalists as a whole.  These men have been rewarded for killing a nationalist.

``From the outset it was clear that the British political and military establishment would rally around these two killers who shot an unarmed father in the back.

``By supporting Fisher and Wright and then retaining their services in their army, the British Government have once again sent the message to the nationalist people in the Six Counties that their lives mean nothing to them.''

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