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Seawright revelation exposes Paisley hypocrisy once again

23 August, 2006


Sinn Féin Assembly member for West Belfast Fra McCann today said that the admission from the UVF that former DUP Belfast City Councillor George Seawright was one of their members raised serious questions for Ian Paisley to answer.

Mr McCann said:

"The revelation that former DUP councillor George Seawright was a member of the UVF will not surprise many within the nationalist community who had first hand experience of his sectarian politics in City Hall and elsewhere.

"However it does raise serious questions for the DUP leader Ian Paisley. Seawright was one of Ian Paisley's right hand men for many years. We can only presume that he was also a member of the UVF at this time while the UVF was heavily involved in a sectarian murder campaign against Catholics.

"This revelation exposes once again Ian Paisley and the DUP hypocrisy when it comes to the issue of loyalist violence. Time and again clear links between the DUP and loyalist death squads have been established. Time and again the media allow the DUP leader off the hook. It is now time for the DUP and Ian Paisley to come clean and to live up to their responsibilities in bringing an end to unionist paramilitary campaigns and use their undoubted influence to see them engage with the IICD.

"The days of DUP hypocrisy on the issue of unionist violence must end if progress is to be secured." ENDS

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