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DUP statements 'highly hypocritical'

6 August, 2004

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim, Philip McGuigan, has described Ian Paisley Junior's comments about Sinn Féin's credibility as 'highly hypocritical'.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Ian Paisley Junior's use of condescending language towards Sinn Féin, and indeed toward the entire nationalist community shows us that it is the DUP who have a considerable gap to bridge before they can be accepted as a credible political party, free of sectarian baggage.

"The DUP have worked with Sinn Féin representatives within councils for 20 years now and worked well together within Assembly committees when the institutions were up and running.

"The DUP and many of its supporters know that, as the largest nationalist party, no deal can be made without Sinn Féin.

"Their refusal to engage with Sinn Féin regarding the Good Friday Agreement displays considerable hypocrisy on their part. Even more so given their ongoing involvement with the UDA, UVF and RHC on the West Belfast Parades Forum.

"Although positive moves, such as Jeffrey Donaldson's attendance at the West Belfast Festival, must be welcomed, there are still grave concerns over the DUP's attitude to loyalist violence. In Ballymena for example, local unionists representatives still have trouble condemning sectarian attacks on the local nationalist community. The incredulous statements blaming republicans for attacking themselves would be taken as hilarious were it not for the seriousness of the situation.

"The majority of people on this island want to see the Good Friday Agreement implemented, the institutions up and running and locally elected politicians making decisions on their behalf. For this to happen, Mr Paisley and his DUP colleagues need to get real." ENDS

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