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DUP "all over the place" on the issue of unionist paramilitaries

13 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Philip McGuigan today said that the DUP were "all over the place on the issue of unionist paramilitaries". Mr McGuigan's comments came after DUP MP Gregory Campbell on today's BBC Nolan Show argued that former unionist death squad members within the DUP ranks should be allowed to join the PSNI.

Mr McGuigan said:

"On one hand the DUP have tried to create the myth that they have no relationship whatever with unionist paramilitaries. This of course flies in the face of all of the evidence stretching over 30 years and more. The reality is of course that the DUP have long had a relationship with unionist paramilitaries and were publicly involved in the formation of Ulster Resistance, an organisation which went on to import tonnes of weapons to the six counties to murder Catholics.

"The individual convicted of murdering my party colleague Malachy Carey in Ballymoney in 1992, Gary Blair, is currently a leading DUP figure in Ian Paisley's constituency and has indeed led a campaign to see those jailed for the LVF sectarian double murder in Poyntzpass released. It has also recently emerged that former DUP Councillor and Assembly member George Seawright was a member of the UVF.

"This morning DUP MP Gregory Campbell having for years opposed republican involvement in policing, to the point that the DUP claimed they would resign form the Policing Board if Sinn Féin were involved, is now arguing on BBC radio for former unionist paramilitaries within the ranks of the DUP to become serving members of the PSNI. The hypocrisy is there for all to see.

"On this issue like almost every other issue involving unionist paramilitary gangs the DUP are once again all over the place, attempting to talk out of both sides of their mouths." ENDS

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