The McCartney family have issued a statement in response to SF’s suspension of seven party members. In the accompanying UTV report, the family are quoted as saying that the move by SF was “nothing more than what would have been expected from any democratically elected party”, but they also state that “those names have been known to Sinn Fein officials from the outset”The family’s position remains fundamentally unchanged –
“The handing over of the names to the Police Ombudsman through a solicitor is of symbolic significance.
“Providing a solicitor with a statement to be passed on to the Ombudsman is an inadequate method of gathering evidence.
“The repeated appeals for those to come forward and tell what they know has to date had little effect on the ground.
“Robert`s life was taken from him as if it was of no value.
“It is only when those involved are convicted will the value of life be restored.
“It is only when this happens that this family will accept that all that can be done has been done.”