[Sinn Fein]

27th January 1999

Tories in Propaganda Offensive

Statement from Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams, accusing the British Tory party of being involved in a ``petty propaganda offensive'' aimed at scoring ``cheap political points''.

Mr. Adams said:

``Today's debate in the British House of Commons is part of the Tory party's domestic battle with the British Labour government. They are involved in a propaganda campaign which has little to do with solving the issues.

``On the other hand Sinn Fein is concerned and is working with those affected to resolve the difficulties posed by anti-social behaviour, punishment beatings and the lack of a policing service.

``The attitude of the Tories and the Unionist's to issues related to policing, the release of prisoners, the victims of State killings is starkly different to the deadly threat posed by loyalist killer gangs who are out nightly targeting innocent Catholics. Their silence about this murder campaign is deafening. Why did they not call for a debate in the British House of Commons about these sectarian attacks on Catholics ?

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