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Cheap attacks on victims is nothing but electioneering from Jim Nicholson – Sinn Féin

6 March, 2009 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Victims and Mid-Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has criticised Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson for calling for the resignation of one of the four Victims Commissioners for expressing views on the loss of her brother.

Speaking this evening Mr Molloy said,

"It's clear that an election is afoot, it isn't very often we hear from Jim Nicholson but when we do it is cynical and ill-conceived attacks on one of the four Victims Commissioners for expressing thoughts about the loss of her brother.

The reality is that there can be no hierarchy of victims; Patricia McBride's loss is as tragic and as legitimate as anyone else who has lost a love one during the conflict, perhaps Jim Nicholson should take the time to read her contribution on the issue and reflect upon the content.

It comes as no surprise that Jim Nicholson would chose such a time to engage in this petty and cynical type of attack; it would be no less surprising if the Ulster Tories choose to continue their election campaign in such a negative fashion." CRÍOCH

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