Murphy reacts to Micheál Martin
Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy said the progress that we have on policing and justice in the North to date would not have happened without Sinn Féin efforts.
Speaking after comments by Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin, Conor Murphy MP said:
“Over the past number of weeks Micheal Martin has attacked Sinn Féin in a number of engagements with little knowledge and even less facts.
“To dismiss calls by Sinn Féin for the killers of David Black to be brought to justice is disingenuous and is a crass attempt at political point scoring on the back of a very emotive issue.
"To try and link this and the calls for the release of Padraic Wilson following his politically motivated arrest is wrong.
“Let me remind Micheál Martin that there would not have been the advancement in the peace process or the progress on delivering an accountable and civic police service in the north without Sinn Féin.
“This includes dealing with a small element that have a mindset bent on blocking progress, who have blocked inquests, obstructed the work of the Police Ombudsman and have been involved in cover ups.
"We will not be deterred from these objectives. Where there is bad policing it will be challenged. No matter how Micheál Martin would have the northern nationalist behaving, we will not be accepting what is dictated to us by Britain or by negative elements within the PSNI.”