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UVF ammunition found at Wrightbus

13 April, 2007

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that the finding of loyalist ammunition at Wrightbus will come as no surprise to nationalists in the North Antrim area. Mr McKay was speaking after a factory manager at Wrightbus was charged with membership of the Ulster Volunteer Force. A quantity of 9mm ammunition was found at the Wrightbus plant in Galgorm.

Mr McKay said:

"Last week Sinn Féin challenged the Irish Government to exert pressure on Wrightbus over the under-representation of Catholics in the workplace. Given these latest revelations it is quite clear why Wrightbus is a 'cold house' for many from the nationalist community and the Irish Government should call an emergency meeting with the company to address this problem once and for all.

"There have been many cases in this area in the past where loyalists have been given a judicial 'slap on the wrists' for possessing ammunition and firearms. There has to be much tougher sentencing for those involved in this if loyalists are to be deterred from this sort of activity in the future.

"The time of loyalists 'being handled with kid gloves' must now come to an end and all parties, including the Irish Government, must use their influence to tackle inequality and sectarianism in North Antrim." ENDS

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