[Sinn Fein]

7 January 1998

Decision to charge Brendan McFarlane deeply unhelpful

Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty this afternoon described the decision to charge Brendan McFarlane as `deeply unhelpful at this very difficult time'.

Mr. Doherty said:

``The decision to bring charges against Brendan McFarlane is deeply unhelpful at this very difficult time.

``The behaviour and attitude of Unionists and Loyalists in recent weeks has been to prevent any movement towards real negotiations and those necessary developments which are needed to increase confidence in the efficacy of the peace process. There will be a suspicion that in an attempt to appease bogus Unionist claims of concessions to nationalists and republicans that Brendan McFarlane is being scape-goated.

``Today's action will cause great anger and resentment in the nationalist community.''

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