[Sinn Fein]

16th July 2003

Sympathy on death of James Kelly

Sinn Fein Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has expressed his and his party's sympathy to Sheila Kelly and to all the family and friends of the late James Kelly. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

``I extend sincere sympathy on behalf of Sinn Fein to Sheila and the Kelly family on the untimely death of James.

``I knew James Kelly for many years and always admired his tenacity and his integrity in his long campaign for truth and justice. James Kelly was one of those scape-goated in the early 1970s by powerful sections of the establishment in this State who refused to face up to their responsibilities and who abandoned the nationalists in the Six Counties to their fate.

``The Irish Government should now fully disclose all records in relation to the Arms Trial, admit the responsibility of the Cabinet of the time and fully exonerate James Kelly and his co-defendants.''

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