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Unionist politicians aligning themselves with base sectarian and blatantly illegal behaviour – Paul Maskey

29 August, 2012 - by Westminster


Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey has said that the failure of the DUP to condemn those involved in sectarian and illegal behaviour outside St Patrick’s Church is not only a lack of political leadership but exposes as a sham the years of patronising nationalists and republicans on the issue of law and order.

Mr Maskey said:

“Since the disgraceful scenes outside St Patrick’s church on Saturday when Unionist politicians acted as cheer-leaders for loyalist bands breaking the law, the DUP have continually refused to condemn those involved.

"This from a party, despite its own connections to the Third Force and the Ulster Resistance, who have made a career out of patronising nationalists and republicans on the issue of law and order.

“The problem for Nigel Dodds and Nelson McCausland is clear – the cameras in Donegal Street on Saturday showed exactly what happened.

"They showed hundreds of incidents of law breaking, they showed unionist politicians being part of that parade. They showed unionists politicians instead of showing leadership aligning themselves with base sectarian and blatantly illegal behaviour.

“The next stage in this process now needs to be a robust PSNI investigation. That investigation needs to be prompt and nationalists need to see those who so blatantly broke the Parades Commission determination brought before the courts and prosecuted.”

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