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20 May 1999 Edition

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Border incursion and assault

Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan Caoimhghín O Caoláin has called on Dublin's Minister for Foreign Affairs, David Andrews, to make a strong protest to the British government following a cross-border incursion on Monday evening 17 May during which a man was assaulted by four British soldiers on the Monaghan side of the border.

O Caoláin said: ``I have been contacted this morning by a constituent about a very serious issue. Owen Charles McMahon, Derryvolan, Knockatallon, County Monaghan was stopped in his own car by British soldiers on the County Monaghan side of the border at 7.15pm on Monday, 17 May. Mr McMahon was then assaulted by four British soldiers.

``The incident occurred at Derryletigan (Flynn's Crossing) and was witnessed by two local men. A formal report and complaint has been lodged with the gardai at Scotstown.

``This cross-border incursion and assault by British soldiers is an outrage. I have urged the Minister for Foreign Affairs David Andrews to make a strong protest to the British authorities and to request a detailed report from them. It is incredible that this type of incident persists and makes a nonsense of claims that British military activity is being scaled down.


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