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McCartney welcomes Ford's meeting with Bloody Sunday families. But Durkan also has questions to answer.

4 March, 2010 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) said that he welcomes the fact that David Ford as responded positively to Sinn Féin's call for him to meet with the Bloody Sunday families to explain his comments on the Saville Inquiry.

Raymond McCartney said:

"David Ford's ill-advised comments regarding the Saville Inquiry were offensive and hurtful to the Bloody Sunday families who have campaigned with dignified resolve to expose the truth about the murders of their loved ones. They will also be received with disdain by the vast majority of citizens of Derry.

"I welcome the fact that Mr Ford has now made arrangements to meet with the families to explain his reasoning for making these gratuitous and offensive remarks.

"But I believe that Mark Durkan also has questions to answer. It is very disappointing that this information was in the possession of the SDLP since last November but they failed to inform the Bloody Sunday Families. Therefore I feel that Mark Durkan as the then SDLP Leader also has questions to answer as to why there was such a long delay in releasing this information and doing so through the media instead of the Families.

"I would not like to think that such sensitive information was witheld for political opportune purposes. Mark should also meet with the families to explain the reasoning for not releasing this information to the families sooner."ENDS

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