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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July, 2005, 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK
Adams' pledge on protest marshals
Gerry Adams
Ex-IRA prisoners will not be asked to marshal parades
Sinn Fein will not put pressure on ex-republican prisoners to steward protests to contentious marches in north Belfast on 12 July.

Earlier this week, the Parades Commission said the Orange Order could pass the flashpoint Ardoyne shops area.

Party president Gerry Adams said the re-arrest of IRA bomber Sean Kelly meant ex-prisoners would not be asked to marshal protests.

He said republicans acting as stewards had helped save lives last year.

"The arrest of Sean Kelly means that I for one, and I speak for our group, won't put pressure on any former prisoner to provide this type of service," he said.

"I am quite sure some will do so and I appreciate and welcome that, but I understand why no-one released on licence will want to risk going back to prison."

Sean Kelly
Shankill bomber Sean Kelly is back in jail

Kelly, who was convicted of the 1993 Shankill bombing in which 10 died, was returned to prison last month.

His early release licence was suspended by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain after security information indicated Kelly had become "re-involved in terrorism".

Kelly was one of two men who planted a bomb in a Shankill Road fish shop. Nine civilians died as did Kelly's IRA accomplice.

He received a total of nine life sentences but was freed early from prison in July 2000 under the Good Friday Agreement.

Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde said Kelly's return to prison followed the terms of the Agreement.

Sir Hugh said it was one of those cases where a secretary of state had made a decision and the police had acted on it, in compliance with the law.

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