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Mackey: No link to Real IRA.

THE chairman of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement has accused Sinn Fein of collaborating with the British government.

Francie Mackey told delegates at the group's annual general meeting, held near Dundalk on Saturday, that support for its cause was growing.

He denied the organisation had political links to the Real IRA, which was responsible for the Omagh bomb nearly two years ago.

The Omagh councillor said: "We do not have links with any military organisation."

He told the 25 to 30 delegates that "republican opposition to the Stormont agreement is here to stay".

Martin Galvin, former Noraid fundraiser, said the group's political impact should not be understated and was putting Sinn Fein under pressure.

The group said it will picket the home of British Home Secretary Jack Straw in a bid to secure the repatriation of three prisoners jailed for conspiracy to cause explosions.

Meanwhile, dissident republican numbers are believed to be growing, particularly in the traditional Provo heartland of south Armagh.
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Author:Roberts, Joe
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2000
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