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Political unionism in denial over role in conflict

22 March, 2006

Commenting on the hysterical unionist reaction to Tony Blair's overnight comments branding those responsible for the sectarian murder of catholic as bigots, Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Philip McGuigan said that political unionism was still in denial about its role in the conflict.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Political unionism governed the six counties for 50 years through a mixture of gerrymandering, sectarian terror and discrimination. Political unionism provided the rhetoric behind which the unionist murder gangs hid to wage their sectarian murder campaign against Catholics.

"Yet despite this reality political unionism is still in denial about their role in the conflict here. Given the fact that loyalist murder gangs killed over 1000 people during a campaign motivated by sectarianism and anti-Catholic hatred it is hardly surprising that those involved have been described as bigoted.

"Instead of continually lashing out at the messenger political unionism should use opportunities like this to reflect upon their past in order to move forward on the basis of equality and respect with the rest of us." ENDS

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