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May's crass comments insult to victims - O'Neill

22 February, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Fein's Michelle O’Neill has said the British prime minister Theresa May’s crass attack on those bereaved by British soldiers and their agents, including elected representatives, has insulted the many victims of British state forces.

Her comments that “it is absolutely appalling when people try to make a business out of dragging our brave troops through the courts” are dangerous and disgraceful.

Michelle O’Neill said:

"The verbal attack by British prime minister Theresa May on those who she claims have dragged British soldiers through the courts is dangerous and disgraceful. 

"In the past we have had attacks, directed by the British government through its agents and proxies, on those who have campaigned to uphold the rights of victims and who have worked to hold the British state to account.

"We have witnessed the outworkings of such a policy, with murderous results.

"Last week we marked the anniversary of the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, who was killed by a unionist death squad, directed by agents of the British government.

"Those who work for human rights and who hold the British state to account should not be subject to this disgraceful attack.

"No one can be above the law and everyone should be held to account."

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