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‘Foster guilty of staggering hypocrisy’ – O’Dowd

20 February, 2019 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has accused DUP Leader Arlene Foster of ‘staggering hypocrisy’ after she criticised his party leader Mary-Lou McDonald.

The Upper Bann MLA said: “For Arlene Foster to accuse anyone of undermining due process is quite incredible. This is the same woman who the High Court found had acted unlawfully during her time as First Minister by blocking the Lord Chief Justice’s request for legacy inquest funding.

“If that had happened anywhere else in the world, there would have been an outcry. The courts found that the joint first minister of the government used her position to prevent grieving families from accessing their legal right to an inquest.  

“That is absolutely scandalous yet Arlene Foster has never apologised for these actions. Neither has she taken any steps to rectify them so for her to now demand a retraction from Mary-Lou McDonald is staggering hypocrisy.

“Sinn Féin will take no lectures from Arlene Foster, given her track record or actively preventing families from accessing truth and justice.

“And that is what is at the heart of this case. The PSNI’s failure to provide evidence to the Ombudsman on dozens of killings by Loyalist death squads is appalling. Arlene Foster has had nothing to say about that but is quite happy to attack Sinn Féin.

“The Ormeau Road bookies families and other victims of Loyalist death squads have waited over 27 years for truth and justice.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support them and we will continue to oppose any attempt to block truth and justice, whether it comes from the PSNI or Arlene Foster.”

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