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McGuigan calls for formal Paisley probe

26 June, 2019 - by Philip McGuigan

Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan has confirmed that he has asked for a formal investigation into the latest allegations against North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley.

The North Antrim MLA also criticised the failure of the DUP leadership to discipline Ian Paisley despite repeated scandals over his links to foreign governments.

Philip McGuigan said: “The latest media expose of Ian Paisley’s relationship with the government of the Maldives, which had been criticised by the UN over allegations of human rights abuses, raises more serious questions for the DUP.

“This is the same MP who was suspended from the British House of Commons after breaking paid advocacy rules when he lobbied for the Sri Lankan government - a regime with a notorious record of human rights abuses.

“It has now been alleged that a government minister in the Maldives paid for a lavish family holiday for Ian Paisley after he advocated on behalf of the government there.

“I have called on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to investigate the claims but Ian Paisley’s own party leadership should also end its silence and confirm what action it intends to take in light of this latest scandal.

“The DUP announced in December that it was investigating the first wave of Maldives allegations but we have heard nothing since then about what actions have been taken to discipline their shamed MP.

 “Another tearful ‘mea culpa’ apology from Ian Paisley just isn’t going to be enough. These allegations are gravely serious and they need to be treated as such by the authorities and Ian Paisley’s own party.”

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