Republican News · Thursday 30 March 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Chapel under surveillance

Sophisticated crown forces surveillance equipment directed at a Catholic chapel in Blackwatertown in County Armagh was only discovered by chance.

Two men who were walking dogs in the area found the equipment early last week on a height overlooking St Jarlath's Church.

``The equipment, which consisted of battery packs, microphones, long range microphones, long range transmitters and receivers and appeared fully operational, could only have been monitoring the chapel,'' Sinn Féin Assembly member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew told An Phoblacht.

Now, along with Pat McNamee from Armagh, Michelle Gildernew is demanding that NIO Security Minister Adam Ingram explain the presence of the equipment.

``In the Good Friday Agreement, the British government committed itself to a programme of demilitarisation. Is the bugging of a Catholic church in line with these commitments?'' asked the Sinn Féin pair.

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