[Sinn Fein]

4th October 2002

Raid on SF Stormont offices ``outrageous''

The leader of the Sinn Fein group in the Dáil, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has described as ``outrageous'' the PSNI/RUC raid on the Sinn Fein offices in Stormont and the homes of Sinn Fein members. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

``This is an outrageous attack on a political party instigated by those within the PSNI/RUC who are most bitterly opposed to real change in policing and to the entire Agreement. Those arrested were involved in formulating our party's detailed analysis and policy on the policing issue. This raid is clearly part of the current propaganda effort to target Sinn Fein in pursuance of the anti-Agreement agenda of the Ulster Unionist Party.

``I am calling on the Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs to protest to the British government in the strongest possible terms.''ENDS

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