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O’Neill challenges May to withdraw 'inaccurate, misleading and mischievous’ claims

10 May, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has challenged the British Prime Minister to withdraw her ‘inaccurate, misleading and mischievous’ comments in Westminster yesterday.

Michelle O’Neill said: “I have written to the British Prime Minister Theresa May over her patently inaccurate claims that the only people being investigated over conflict-related deaths are British armed forces.

“These remarks are deeply insensitive to the loss and pain of hundreds of families who have been bereaved by the British state forces.They have caused deep hurt and offence and could even undermine confidence in the rule of law and the administration of justice.

“They are also demonstrably untrue as has been evidenced by official statistics and statements on legacy investigations.

“In light of this, I told Theresa May that I can only conclude that her remarks were inaccurate, misleading and mischievous.

“I have challenged her to withdraw them and to set the record straight. I have also asked her to clarify whether it is now her government’s position that British state forces should be above the law and whether the PSNI should no longer have an obligation to follow the evidence in respect of conflict deaths?

“Given the British Government’s responsibility for the implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House, Theresa May’s comments are an extremely concerning departure for the wider political process so it is crucial that she now sets the record straight.”

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