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Ní Chuilín slams Brokenshire at New Lodge Six commemoration

3 February, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin’s Carál Ní Chuilín slammed the crass and partisan comments of British Secretary of State James Brokenshire while speaking at a commemoration for six unarmed men gunned down by British soldiers in February 1973 in the New Lodge.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

“The comments this week by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire on the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday were crass, partisan and insulting to all the families of victims of British state violence and collusion. 

“The British Secretary of State is trying to put British soldiers who killed Irish citizens above the law. He wants British soldiers to have immunity from prosecution on top of the de facto impunity they have enjoyed for 45 years. 

“That is not acceptable.

“If we are to heal the hurt and society is to move on then we must deal with the legacy of the conflict.

“The British government cannot continue to act in a partisan fashion covering up its role in state killings. The British state was neither independent nor neutral.

“Sinn Féin will resist any attempts to legalise state immunity for British soldiers.

“We remain committed to the full implementation of all legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House by all the parties and the two governments.  

“The families of the New Lodge 6 and the families of so many others from this community and many communities across this island, deserve nothing less.”

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