[Sinn Fein]

22nd March 1999

`Flanagan's inquiry response totally inadequate' - Adams

Speaking from the United States, Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams said that Ronnie Flangan's response to calls for an independent inquiry is `totally inadequate'

Mr. Adams said:

``Ronnie Flanagan's announcement of an RUC inquiry headed by a British Police Chief is totally inadequate. The RUC was adjudged, by the British Inspector of Constabularies, to be incapable of impartially investigating the threats to Rosemary Nelson's life. How then can it now be capable of investigating her murder?

``We have had long experience of British Police Forces investigating the RUC. All the way back to the murder of Sammy Devenney and the Drury Inquiry which was met by the famous' conspiracy of silence' to the Sampson/Stalker Inquiry and the Stevens Inquiry which encountered similar resistance.

``The only acceptable form of investigation into the murder of Rosemary Nelson is an Independent Inquiry.''

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