Foster running away from hard questions - Kearney
Sinn Féin’s South Antrim MLA and Westminster candidate Declan Kearney has accused DUP Leader Arlene Foster of avoiding TV debates and running away from hard questions on dark money and UDA support for her party.
Calling on progressive minded voters to use the general election to reinforce the momentum for change in the North, Mr Kearney said;
“The DUP leader’s decision to follow Theresa May's lead by refusing to take part in the local leaders’ television election debates is not surprising.
"It is further evidence that the DUP still has not got the message of the March Assembly election. The DUP clearly has not listened to the message delivered by tens of thousands of people demanding a rights and equality based approach to politics in the North.
"She doesn’t want to answer the hard questions around dark money to buy the DUP’s support for Brexit. She doesn’t want to answer the hard questions about the UDA’s public endorsement of her party. Rather than showing leadership, Arlene Foster is running away.
“Whilst Arlene Foster may wish to avoid discussing these issues either publicly or privately, the DUP cannot avoid and ignore the momentum for change in this society. It is past time that the DUP and its leader accepted they are on the wrong side of public opinion and recognised there will be no return to the status quo.
“That remains Sinn Féin’s position. There will be no return to the status quo after the 8th June. Rights and equality for all our citizens must be placed at the heart of the political process here in the North. This Westminster election should be used to reinforce and repeat that message.
“All progressive minded people across the north should mobilise their electoral power again on 8th June by using this Westminster election to continue building the momentum for change.
"I am calling on all progressives to support Sinn Féin as the most effective way to advance equality, rights, respect and Irish unity, and to oppose the anti-equality axis represented by the DUP, UUP and the Tories."