Republican grateful for DUP condemnation…

AFTER receiving a loyalist death threat, Ballymena’s only Sinn Fein councillor says she took comfort from the DUP’s condemnation of it. While Monica Digney couldn’t resist having a wee dig at the SDLP for (disgracefully) not doing the same, fair play to Maurice Mills for making his condemnation public. Aside from being the decent thing to do, his credibilty with hardliners in the town may even reduce the level of threat to his political opponent. Let’s hope the DUP stay consistent on this.Just for the record, Mills said: “No-one in this life has the right to issue a death threat to anybody. I condemn it without reservation.”

  • porridge

    I suppose some things will never change. It was great to hear a positive comment from the DUP towards SF, even if it was not done publicly. However Monica Digney couldn’t resist having a wee dig at the SDLP. I bet she couldn’t! Anyone would be forgiven for thinking that the DUP is changing but SF are not for budging!

  • Occasional Commentator

    What’s the DUP’s policy on the death penalty?

  • Occasional Commentator

    Here’s a partial answer to my own question:

    “Friday 8 July 1983: The Northern Ireland Assembly voted by 35 to 11 for the introduction of the death penalty for terrorist murders.”
    From CAIN.

    Does anyone know how the DUP voted that day, or what their police is/was?

  • Fanny

    Monica Digney: “”I have to say though, that I was disappointed that no-one from the SDLP came out and condemned this, or even contacted me. I know that I would have contacted any Councillor to show my support.”

    Excuse me, but this isn’t having “a wee dig.” Those are the words of a public servant under threat to her life. She has every right to feel aggrieved that her fellow nationalist cllrs hadn’t the decency to do the right thing and condemn it roundly. If that is all she said then I admire her restraint.

  • C

    But hold on, I thought the shinners were not into the ‘politics of condemnation’! Or at least that is what Gerry always says…..

  • willis

    I don’t think there are any 2 ways about this one.

    Every party should have piled in.

    Fair Play to the DUP.

  • Rory

    The SDLP have long had an uneasy consideration of the question of the sectarian murder of public representatives ever since the incredibly brutal murder of SDLP senator, Paddy Wilson, who together with his protestant lover was horribly killed and mutilated in a motor-car parked in a lovers’ spot by psycho-sexual loyalist killers back in the early days. They seemed then to be more embarrsssed at the circumstances in which the deceased were discovered than in the actual murder itself.

    But that’s the SDLP for you – bourgeois first, Catholic second and respectable always.

  • Fanny

    “…the incredibly brutal murder of SDLP senator, Paddy Wilson, who together with his protestant lover was horribly killed and mutilated in a motor-car parked in a lovers’ spot by psycho-sexual loyalist killers…”

    Was this not the fragrant John White and his gang?

  • Bushmills

    Fanny

    Indeed it was the same John White who walked side-by-side with Davy Trimble into the political talks at Castle Buildings, that was responsible for the horrific murder of Paddy Wilson.

  • memorystick

    It is completely unacceptable having politicians under death threats. I hope this experience will now make Monica Digney and other shinners more aware of those under death threat from republicans such as Danny Kennedy and Eugene McMenamin.

  • Valenciano

    Occasional Commentator, AFAIK, the DUP have always been pro-death penalty. The same goes for the UUP. The NI Assembly at that time had 49 Unionists (21 DUP) and 10 Alliance in attendance as Nationalists always boycotted it. Consequently I think it’s a safe bet that the Unionist parties voted in favour and Alliance against.

  • Dr Strangelove

    I think the DUP would have no shortage of volunteers to form the firing squad if the death penalty were introduced.

  • Occasional Commentator @ 04:11 PM

    Whether the DUP, or any other party, supports or supported judicial execution is immaterial.

    It is a requirement of membership of the EU and the Council of Europe to adopt the Sixth Protocol (abolition in time of peace) and the Thirteenth Protocol (abolition in all circumstances) of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is why Belarus is excluded from the Council of Europe.

    Surely, no serious politico would wish to line up with the medieval psychos running places like China, Iran and Texas. Or with those failed African states that use extra-judicial punishment as a form of political repression.

    O no, heaven forfend!

  • CTN

    Interesting times we inhabit indeed were the shinners call on the SDLP to make a condemnation- whilst the SDLP remain reticent.

    Who’d have predicted such a turnaround 5 years ago…