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"Following reports carried in the media, the IRA wish to make it clear that there is absolutely no threat from the IRA against the McGinley family." IRA statement in full, Derry Journal, Friday 20th May

Justice For Jimmy Campaign (Press Release) • 22 May 2005

Responding to the IRA statement in Friday's Derry Journal, claiming that "there is absolutely no threat from the IRA to the McGinley family", Eileen McGinley has called on the IRA to make clear if they are denying that a threat was made against her family or if that threat has been lifted. She has also said that the IRA's response is not enough.

"We asked the IRA for four things, to state whether or not they consider our Jimmy's killing to be a crime, kick Bart Fisher out of their organisation, apologise to us for how we've been treated and to lift the threat made against us.

"If they're saying that no threat was made then they're trying to make liars out of us and we're not. We wouldn't go on national TV and radio and tell lies. Everything we're saying is the truth.

"They told my Eugene that no member of this family is to touch Bart Fisher when he gets out of prison because he's an IRA man. What if there's a row up the town and somebody belonging to me is involved and Bart Fisher's involved? Am I going to have the IRA at my door or another dead child?"

Campaigner for the family, Damien Okado-Gough welcomed the IRA statement and said he hopes that it marks the first step in resolving the issue between the IRA and the family.

"If it represents a denial that any threat was issued then that just adds insult to injury. If, however, it is a sincere attempt to address the McGinley family's concerns then it should be welcomed. I am asking the IRA to clear up this ambiguity through whichever channels it is comfortable with.

"That aside, the family have wider concerns and I hope that this statement marks the start of a proper engagement between the two that will bring this whole episode to an end."















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22 May 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

How Those In Power Respond
Anthony McIntyre

Seeking Clarity — And Safety
Justice for Jimmy Campaign

Behind the Betrayal
Philip Ferguson

Self-Deception and Distortion
Tomas Maguire

Civil Case/Witch Hunt
N. Corey

No Entry
Anthony McIntyre

The Moral Reason Never to Tell
Dr John Coulter

Venezuela: Beginning to Borrow Some Revolution
Tomas Gorman

Dangerous Drugs
Sean Fleming

Rebel City
Liam O Ruairc

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'The SDLP Hasn't Gone Away, You Know'
Tom Luby

Facing Fire
Anthony McIntyre

Venezuela: Arrival
Tomas Gorman

Fred A. Wilcox

Support IRELAND and PALESTINE on June 4th
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