Colombia Three spark political storm

The government was struggling this weekend to respond to the political storm created by the emergence of the Colombia Three from hiding, a year after they disappeared in Colombia while awaiting an appeal court judgment.

6th August, 2005

The sudden appearance of the three men - Mar tin McCauley, Niall Connolly and Jim Monaghan - this weekend has caused a furore at the quietest time on the political calendar.

Government sources from both parties were furious with Sinn Féin, who they said had clearly orchestrated the men's return.Taoiseach BertieAhern insisted yesterday that the government had no prior knowledge of the men's return and a government spokesman emphasised that the issue had not been...

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