British Army parade idea insults Irish Nationalists.
Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has dismissed suggestions that members of the RIR should be given a so called 'homecoming parade' on return from Afghanistan.
The campaign is being championed by 'The Newsletter' and is being supported by various Unionist politicians.
Responding to the campaign Mr. Barry McElduff said
"The British army is not our army. They are an army of occupation with a brutal track record in Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq to name but a few of their little 'international adventures'. Any parade would be an affront to Irish Nationalists and Republicans the length and breadth of Ireland. Such a parade would attempt to legitimise the illegal decision by the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair to invade Afghanistan.
Anyone who argues for a 'welcome home' reception for the British army in Ireland has clearly lost the run of themselves and should catch themselves on. To those unionist politicians who are fronting this campaign I would suggest that we have more pressing political priorities to deal with at the Assembly.ENDS