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Irish Leaders, N Ireland Parties React to Kidnap of Republican; Review in Jeopardy

The Taoiseach [Irish Prime Minister], Mr Ahern, will tonight raise with Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator, Mr Martin McGuinness, his concerns about how last Friday’s alleged IRA abduction of republican dissident Mr Bobby Tohill has thrown the political process into turmoil. He will make his views known to Mr McGuinness after the future of the review of the Belfast Agreement was last night placed in jeopardy following a day of heated exchanges between the unionist and Alliance parties and the British and Irish governments over the attack on Mr Tohill. At Stormont yesterday the [Irish] Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Cowen, and the Northern Secretary, Mr Paul Murphy, to the fury of the DUP [Democratic Unionist Party], Ulster Unionists and Alliance, refused to impose sanctions against Sinn Fein or exclude the party from the review. Mr Murphy said he and Mr Cowen were at one in viewing the alleged IRA attack on Mr Tohill in city centre Belfast on Friday as a “very serious breach” of paragraph 13 of the Hillsborough joint declaration which requires paramilitaries to cease activity. Full Story

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