Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Ahern promises to seek British action on collusion issue

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern has promised to press the British Government to take action on the issue of collusion between the security services and loyalist paramilitaries.

Mr Ahern was speaking after talks in Co Louth this morning with representatives of Sinn Fein and the SDLP in the wake of the Police Ombudsman's report earlier this week.

The SDLP said it wanted to discuss the need for prosecutions against loyalists and police officers, while Sinn Fein said it wanted to discuss the need for the Irish Government to take decisive action on the collusion issue.

Speaking after the talks, Mr Ahern said the British Government would have to deal with the problem of collusion between the police and paramilitaries.

"It's not going to go away," he said. "I think the British Prime Minister and Peter Hain are well aware of that, they agree with that."

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