‘Dissidents are in direct conflict with nationalist communities’ – Brady

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016
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Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said republicans opposed to Sinn Féin are in direct conflict with the nationalist population.
Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady

Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady

“Organisations have emerged in recent years supposedly to promote an alternative republican strategy and agenda. But they have never attempted to build a political or electoral base,” he said. “Instead, much of their energies have been exclusively directed towards attacking the peace process and Sinn Féin; and promoting the use of vile, personalised abuse on social media platforms. “Some have become increasingly engaged in violent attacks, including murders, against those living in nationalist areas. They are now in direct conflict with the nationalist population. “It is clear these groups have been infiltrated, both north and south, by criminals and shady security bodies with questionable motives. An atmosphere of recrimination and adversity has been created in nationalist areas in an attempt to provoke confrontation with Sinn Féin activists and local republican supporters. Brady insists that the only effect of such incidents is to disrupt, divide and demoralise the community within nationalist areas. “The only conclusion to be drawn is that is their intended objective,” he said. “Republicans hostile to Sinn Féin, and criminals masquerading as republicans, are being ‘played’ in an attempt to destabilise nationalist areas in the north.
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September 2016“Eighteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, British security and intelligence services continue to exert a toxic influence in the north of Ireland. Brady added, “The activities of these groups, both those controlled by criminals and British intelligence services or both are totally incompatible with the democratic process. It is time for wider society to demand an end to their corrosive role and existence.”

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