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24 February 2005 Edition

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Dúirt Siad...

"There are members of other parties who have been imprisoned because of their involvement in corruption and other activities. But unlike Michael McDowell I don't tar every member of those parties. I don't try to tar their entire electorate with the awful smear and slur of criminality."

Gerry Adams deals with breaking news that banknotes had been found in Dublin and Cork, and Justice Minister Michael McDowell's subsequent allegations that the IRA and Sinn Féin were involved in the Northern Bank robbery, Friday 18 February

"If his view is shared by the Gardaí then the only way this issue can be confronted is for us to be charged with IRA membership."

Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Martin Ferris respond in a joint statement to McDowell's comments at the weekend, when he accused the trio of being members of the IRA Army Council, Monday 21 February

"Nowhere else would a chief constable effectively appoint himself judge and jury and announce guilt before something has gone to trial."

Liberal MP for Trent, Sarah Teather, comments on the crisis PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde has caused in the Peace Process, with his unsubstantiated accusation that the IRA committed the Northern Bank Robbery. The Irish Post, Saturday 19 February

"It's long been a source of wonder that intelligence on both sides of the Border is so accurate and trustworthy when it comes to making deeply damaging claims about groups and individuals, but so totally lacking when it comes to stopping those groups and individuals from carrying out the criminality that they're said to be involved in."

Editorial, Daily Ireland, Wednesday 23 February

"That's a total bum steer I can tell you. Every day there will be a new moonbeam to chase. The conspiracy theories are going into orbit."

Phil Flynn responds to allegations that he and other members of Chesterton Finance held a meeting in Bulgaria to try to buy a bank for the IRA to launder stolen money. The Irish Examiner, Tuesday 22 February

"Paul Murphy has no right to discriminate against democratically-elected Irish politicians."

Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey reacts to the news that NIO Secretary Paul Murphy has imposed further financial sanctions on Sinn Féin following last week's IMC report. the Irish Examiner, Wednesday 23 February

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