‘DUP should have sacked Paisley’ – O’Neill
The DUP has effectively endorsed a gross lack of integrity in public office by accepting Ian Paisley back into the party with only a minor sanction, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.
The Sinn Féin Vice President was commenting after the DUP announced it had concluded its investigation into the North Antrim MP.
Michelle O’Neill commented:
“After six weeks of silence the DUP announced today that its investigation into Ian Paisley had concluded and his suspension from the DUP had been lifted.
“No further details have been provided despite the very serious nature of the scandal that Ian Paisley has been engulfed in over his links to the Sri Lankan regime.
“Ian Paisley received lavish holidays from the Sri Lankan regime and then lobbied to prevent the UN investigating war crimes against the Tamil people by that same regime.
“He displayed a gross lack of integrity in public office through these actions. Despite this, there was no hint of an apology from the DUP to either the people of North Antrim or the Tamil population.
“Instead, he has been welcomed back into the DUP fold.
“That represents another failure on behalf of the DUP and is an effective endorsement of his actions.
“The DUP is very fond of pontificating to others but when it came to dealing with its own wrongdoing, it failed to take the appropriate action, which would have been to sack Ian Paisley.”