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SF attack Cameron over McGuinness remarks

16 June, 2010

Responding to comments made by the British Prime Minister David Cameron in Westminster today in which he talked of Martin McGuinness having been ‘rehabilitated’ as a price for peace and his ‘pain’ of having to work with him, Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty said:

“David Cameron may well have been under some pressure from his own establishment after the damning verdict handed down by the Saville Tribunal yesterday and his response to it. However his comments today in Westminster show a lack of understanding of the negative role of British interference in Ireland, the development of the Irish peace process and the Sinn Féin role in that.

“David Cameron of course was a party colleague of Ted Heath the British Prime Minister who presided over the events in the lead up to Bloody Sunday and the events after it including the Widgery cover up. So he needs to stop for a minute and reflect on that past.

“Sinn Féin’s position within this political process is based upon the electoral mandate we receive. The electorate has decided that David Cameron works with Sinn Féin no one else. David Cameron would do well to remember that. His own party of course couldn’t even muster a single seat here in the recent election.

“Neither Martin McGuinness nor any other Sinn Féin leader have been ‘rehabilitated’ as Mr Cameron today stated. We are unashamed in our Republican politics and in our belief that Britain should have no role in Irish affairs.” ENDS

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