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Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams criticises government at tribute to shooting victims

By Staff Reporter

A commemoration has been held to honour three men who were shot dead by an off-duty RUC officer at a west Belfast Sinn Fein advice centre 25 years ago.

Michael O'Dwyer (24) died along with Sinn Fein members Pat McBride (40) and Paddy Loughran (61) when Constable Allen Moore (24) opened fire inside the offices on February 4, 1992.

Afterwards, the constable travelled to the shores of Lough Neagh and took his own life.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams gave the main address at the commemoration on Saturday. "Sinn Fein remembers our friends and their families. But I accept that others can tell a similar story and I acknowledge that families who have been bereaved by republican actions have their narrative," he told those gathered.

"However, I do not give the same leeway to those who in the British government directed or condoned these strategies.

"The attack on the Falls Road Sinn Fein office, like other similar attacks, were part of British government counter insurgency strategies aimed at suppressing dissent to British rule."

The night before the attack Constable Moore had been apprehended by police in Comber after he had fired shots over the grave of another RUC officer.

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