The Ulster Unionist Party’s Justice Spokesperson, Doug Beattie MC MLA, has hit back at Sinn Fein claims that the Government is treating victims with contempt.
Doug Beattie MC MLA said:
"Comments by both Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Kelly accusing the Government of showing contempt for victims are simply staggering.
“Firstly, just when did Sinn Fein start to care about the victims of the Troubles, especially the tens of thousands that were created by the IRA’s terror campaign? It was the IRA who showed contempt for victims when they bombed the Abercorn, Claudy, La Mon and Enniskillen, yet there is no Sinn Fein condemnation of these crimes.
“Secondly, Sinn Fein helped write the book in showing contempt for victims. It’s what they do every time they attend commemorations for IRA terrorists at Castlederg, Cappagh or Clonoe. Or name play parks after Raymond McCreesh. Or mock the murder of ten innocent workmen shot by the IRA at Kingsmills.
“Any interest Sinn Fein now have the victims of the Troubles has come almost 50 years too late to be of any use. They will not be allowed to re-write history.”