Paul Murphy has no right to discriminate against those who vote Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Mitchel McLaughlin reacting to the announcement that Paul Murphy will block financial assistance to Sinn Féin's Assembly team has 'Paul Murphy has no right to discriminate against democratically elected Irish politicians'.
Mr McLaughlin said:
"Paul Murphy has no right to discriminate against democratically elected Irish politicians. He has no mandate here in Ireland. The people of Ireland elect us and we are accountable to them. We reject these anti-democratic actions by a British government against an Irish political party. This is an act of discrimination against the people who vote Sinn Féin.
"We will fight this discrimination politically, legally and through an ongoing campaign of democratic resistance. We will go to the nationalist and republican people in elections in May.
"The IMC upon whose report this action is based is not independent. It has no credibility. It is the tool of the securocrats whose stated aim is to prevent the further growth of Sinn Fein and the further development of the peace process.
"The British government has no right to act unilaterally if this is a partnership arrangement. More importantly, the Irish government has a duty to defend the rights of Irish people and their political representatives." ENDS