'I don't know what they're talking about'
SINN FEIN TD Dessie Ellis did not want to discuss the release of British state papers which said he was believed to have been involved in some 50 murders during the Troubles. The following is a transcript of what he said when Irish Independent reporter Cormac McQuinn called to his home.
Irish Independent (II): "We're doing a story because, as you're probably aware, there's a 30-year rule for state papers. The British state papers from 1982 have been released and they talk about the time you were arrested in the United States. The British embassy in Washington were trying to have you extradited. They were claiming that you were involved in 50 murders. I just wanted to give you an opportunity to comment before the story runs."
Dessie Ellis (DE): "Well, I have no comment on it, you know. I don't know what they're talking about anyhow."
II: "I know you've spoken before about your time in the IRA. Would 50 murders be an exaggeration?"
DE: "I don't know what they're on about so I'm not going to comment on it, you know."
II: "Do you know if any of the bombs you made resulted in deaths?"
DE: "I'm not going to comment on anything in relation to anything that people are speculating on, okay?"