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Foster trying to distract public from RHI scandal - Kelly

9 February, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly has dismissed claims by Arlene Foster that this 'election is about republicans trying to rewrite the past' as a ludicrous attempt to distract the electorate from the RHI scandal and sectarianise the election.

Gerry Kelly said:

"Arlene' Foster's comments last night are the latest attempt by the DUP to turn this into a green vs orange election.

"Her comments make it clear that what she is seeking is an investigation into conflict killings but not those carried out by state forces.

 "She stated that there has been a focus on 'blaming' the state and rewriting history.

"I would like to point her towards the recent figures released by the PSNI and the PPS which contradict these claims.

"The PSNI figures show that just 30 per cent of their investigations are into state forces and the PPS figures reveal that seven republicans were prosecuted as opposed to just three soldiers.

"Sinn Féin's position has always been that an independent international truth commission be put in place to deal with the issue of legacy and enable victims and families to get the truth.

"Many families and victims wanted more and as such mechanisms were put in place under the Stormont House Agreement, to facilitate independent investigations, information recovery, storytelling and improved services for victims and survivors.

“These mechanisms are being blocked by the DUP and the British government.

"In any victim centred approach dealing with legacy the victims and families should be central to the process.

"There can be no amnesty, no one can be above the law." 

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