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Threat to diplomat exposes folly of DUP position

20 September, 2006


Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Belfast Alex Maskey branded a threat made by unionist paramilitaries against an Irish diplomat as "disgraceful". Mr Maskey also said that the threat exposed the folly of the current DUP position of attempting to create excuses not to move forward because of an IRA which has ended its campaign while on the other hand turning a blind eye to the activities of unionist paramilitary gangs.

Mr Maskey said:

"This threat is clearly being taken seriously by the Irish government given the fact that all of the main unionist paramilitary gangs remain highly active and have given no indication that they are prepared to end their anti-Catholic campaigns.

"This individual is credited for doing much good work within working class unionist areas and the threat to her life is disgraceful. At a wider political level what it does is expose the folly of the current DUP position of attempting to create excuses not to move forward because of an IRA which has ended its campaign while on the other hand turning a blind eye to the activities of unionist paramilitary gangs.

"The DUP as the lead unionist party have a clear responsibility to address and tackle the issue of unionist paramilitary violence. Despite the denials there is enough evidence out there showing DUP links to these gangs yet little seems to have been done by Ian Paisley to ensure that their violent campaigns against Catholics are brought to an end." ENDS

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