North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that Jim Allister's proposed Bill to discriminate against former political prisoners is politically motivated and cannot be taken seriously given the proposer's failure to raise the issue of an ex-LVF prisoner being appointed to a senior position in the DUP in North Antrim in 2004.
Speaking today Mr Mckay said:
2004 Jim Allister was a senior member of the DUP in North Antrim and
was elected as the party's MEP. In that same year Gary Blair was
appointed a party officer in North Antrim even though he was an ex LVF
prisoner convicted of the killing of Sinn Féin member Malachy Carey in
Ballymoney in 1992. Mr Allister did not oppose this appointment or
comment on it in any way at that time.
raised this point in the debate today and he refused to discuss it.
This exposes the hypocrisy of Jim Allister and the fact that he does not
practice what he preaches when the ex political prisoners concerned are loyalist
not republican. It is clear from this that his motion is politically motivated.
Bill undermines the Good Friday Agreement and the proposer of the
motion is clearly not consistent in opposing the appointment of ex
political prisoners to positions of office when it's in an organisation that he is
a leadership position in.
being the case it is regrettable that the SDLP followed Jim Allister
into the voting booths this evening in a clear case of political
"It is obvious that former political prisoners have played a key role to
date and will do in the future. No amount of political opportunism from whatever party will alter that