Bradley welcomes Adams statement on fuel laundering

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley MLA has welcomed the statement by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams calling for action against criminals involved in fuel laundering.

Commenting on the statement Bradley said, “I welcome the fact that Mr Adams has eventually woken up to the criminality associated with fuel laundering.

“I note that he is also concerned about the lack of convictions following the numerous raids which have taken place.

“This is a significant shift in attitude in Sinn Féin’s attitude to those involved in this type of crime compared to previous statements from him and senior members of his party.

“Mr Adams must now ensure that his message is acted upon by those at all levels from leader  through, TDs, MPs, MLAs, councillors, and individual members.

“It is not enough alone to condemn the dumping of diesel sludge but that message must go out in relation to fuel laundering with a clear directive that such activity should be reported to the police or the Gardaí.

Bradley added, “Criminality, whether it is diesel laundering, illegal cigarette or drink racketeering, must not be given political cover from any source whatsoever.

“The PSNI, Gardaí, and the Customs services in both jurisdictions deserve the wholehearted support of all political parties in their fight against criminality and racketeering regardless of who is involved.”

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