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Finucane slams Foster’s UDA/UVF hypocrisy

6 June, 2017

Arlene Foster should immediately reject the endorsement of loyalist paramilitary groups, Sinn Féin Westminster candidate John Finucane has said.

The North Belfast candidate was speaking after the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC), which is linked to the UDA, UVF and the Red Hand Commando, issued a statement backing a number of DUP and Ulster Unionist candidates in Thursday’s election.

He commented:

“The LCC statement supporting Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott and the DUP’s Nigel Dodds, Gavin Robinson and Emma Pengelly is just the latest example of loyalist paramilitaries publicly endorsing unionist candidates in this election.

“I welcome the fact that UUP leader Robin Swann has today rejected their support but the ongoing failure of Arlene Foster to do the same speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the DUP.

“The DUP like to claim they are the party of law and order but obviously not when it comes to courting the support of paramilitary groups which are still actively involved in violence, intimidation and murder as recently as last week.

“That is simply unacceptable. Arlene Foster needs to immediately reject the support of these organisations and make it clear they have no place in our society and should disband immediately.” 

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