‘UUP now an anti-Agreement party’ - O'Dowd
The Ulster Unionist Party is now firmly anti-Agreement and should be honest enough to admit it, Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd has said.
The Mid-Ulster MLA was speaking after UUP Party Leader Robin Swann told his party conference that they would not support Irish language legislation.
“The UUP have clearly abandoned the Good Friday Agreement in favour of trying to out DUP the DUP,” John O’Dowd commented.
“Such reactionary, pathetic politics does a huge disservice to citizens, including many people from the unionist community, who are genuinely seeking equality and rights which are protected everywhere else on these islands.
“The UUP are now actively standing over the denial of those rights and, in so doing, are attempting to make the prospect of a resolution in the current talks all the more difficult. In their lurch to the right of unionist politics, they have clearly moved away from the principles of the Good Friday Agreement which they claim to support.
“They should drop the pretence and admit they are now an anti-Agreement party.”
John O’Dowd also slammed UUP MLA Doug Beattie after he branded Sinn Féin as ‘scavengers’ for seeking language and LGBT rights.
He commented: “Sinn Féin will make absolutely no apologies for seeking rights and equality. That doesn’t make us scavengers. It is what we have been elected to do, so Doug Beattie should withdraw this offensive remark.”