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Northern Ireland

Asked if there would be a Blair-Ahern press conference this week the PMOS said that there would not be. The Taoiseach was currently in China and as was said on Friday they would meet following his return. Paul Murphy would meet his opposite number Dermot Ahern, the Minister for Foreign Affairs. There would also be a Paul Murphy statement to the House, most likely tomorrow. Asked if he accepted that the IRA bank robbery could not have taken place without the knowledge of the Sein Fein leadership the PMOS said that he could only say what he knew therefore he could not say with any certainty if that was the position or not. What he could say was that it was clearly a major crime and that clearly had implications in terms of its planning. As the Taoiseach had said yesterday it was simply not acceptable that such crimes were planned by any organisation involved in the political process. The Prime Minister made it clear two and a half years ago that paramilitary activity would have to end completely and as he said yesterday he meant it.

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