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McGrady challenged over disgraceful remarks

12 January, 2005


Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down Caitriona Ruane has said that the remarks of SDLP MP Eddie McGrady yesterday in the British House of Commons accusing Sinn Féin of being the 'IRA in lounge suits' were remarks more at home on the DUP benches.

Ms Ruane said:

" Eddie McGrady's contribution yesterday in the British House of Commons including his disgraceful use of language in describing the party who represent the majority of nationalist opinion the six counties would have been more at home on the DUP benches.

" It is clear to those of us vigorously pursuing the United Ireland agenda that Mr McGrady has long departed from that path and instead is heading down the political cul de sac mapped out by former SDLP colleagues like Gerry Fitt.

" It is clear that Eddie McGrady has extreme difficulties in accepting the Sinn Féin mandate. Sinn Féin represent the majority of nationalists in the north and are the third largest party on this island. Just as we will defend the rights and entitlements of the nationalist and republican community in the face of attacks from rejectionist unionism and the British government we will do so in the face of attacks from Eddie McGrady.

" Sinn Féin are involved in this process on the basis of our mandate. The majority of nationalists in the north ensured that. Eddie McGrady needs to realise that those voters are not second class and that a vote for Sinn Féin caries the same weight as a vote for anyone else." ENDS

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