Where is the unionist outrage over UDA statement?
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has asked unionist leaders where’s their outrage over a UDA statement published in The Loyalist magazine.
Speaking today Mr Hazzard said:
“Political unionism’s leaders have been at pains recently to attempt to justify, with much faux outrage, their walk-out from their Executive responsibilities.
“They cynically used the brutal murders of two men in Belfast Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan by criminals to engage in an inter-unionist electoral rivalry.
“Their silence today on the continued existence of the UDA is in contrast deafening.
“This is the same UDA which murdered Brian McIlhagga earlier this year and which has continued its involvement in pipe bombings, intimidation, arson, drug dealing and extortion over the past number of years.
“This is the same organisation, which nailed a man’s hands to a table in July.
“This is the same UDA whose political wing unionism stood shoulder to shoulder with in an effort to force an Orange march through a nationalist community.
“Perhaps that’s why there are no statements or social media posts from the DUP or UUP on the UDA’s continued existence or maybe it’s just they don’t care when it comes to unionist paramilitaries.”