17 February 2005 Edition
IRA statement on McCartney killing
The following statement from Óglaigh na hÉireann was received by An Phoblacht on Wednesday as we go to print.
"We wish to extend our sympathy to the McCartney family for the loss of Robert and for the grief that they are suffering.
The IRA was not involved in the brutal killing of Robert McCartney. Those who were involved must take responsibility for their actions, which run contrary to republican ideals.
It has been reported that people are being intimidated or prevented from assisting the McCartney family in their search for truth and justice.
We wish to make it absolutely clear that no one should hinder or impede the McCartney family in their search for truth and justice. Anyone who can help the family in this should do so."
Irish Republican Publicity Bureau