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O’Neill challenges British government on immunity for British soldiers

8 March, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O'Neill said the British Prime Minister and Secretary of State had given the game away this week that their real intent is about protecting British soldiers responsible for the killings of Irish citizens from prosecution.

Michelle O'Neill said:  

"I spoke with Karen Bradley yesterday and took her to task on her outrageous and offensive comments this week.

"She has caused huge hurt to the families and victims of British state forces and their loyalist proxies.

"I have told her that her position was untenable. 

"But this is much bigger than Karen Bradley. This goes to the very heart of British state policy on legacy.

"What Karen Bradley and Theresa May did this week was merely to give the game away.

"The British government’s real intent is about protecting their own, protecting British soldiers from prosecution who were responsible for the killings of Irish citizens and who colluded with loyalist death squads, including the importation of arms.

"The families of the victims are demanding action from the British government. 

"Sinn Féin is demanding action from the British government.

"I challenge the British government to deliver on the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House five years ago.

"And I also challenge the British government to state publicly that they will not bring in legislation which puts British soldiers above the law.”

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