[Sinn Fein]

24 September 1996

British police disinformation tactics questioned

Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty last night commented on the admission by British police that no exchange of fire took place during the actions which led to the death of Dermot O'Neill.

Mr. Doherty said:

``Once more the British security services have used the tactic of feeding disinformation to the media to cover up their shoot first and then make up the facts policy. The admission this evening that no exchange of fire took place is in direct contradiction to the stories fed to a gullible press over the past thirty six hours.

``These inspired leaks started with a gun battle, then an exchange of fire and finally to the admission that these were no more than a calculated attempt by British security services to cover up their deliberate shooting of Dermot O'Neill rather than effect his arrest.

``My condolences and that of our party go out to the family and friends of Dermot O'Neill.''

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