The UUP Leader, Robin Swann had reiterated his comments for an agreed candidate to stand in the West Tyrone by-election on May 3rd;
It is clear that Sinn Fein has learnt nothing from the appalling disrespect shown by Barry McElduff. Only last week they failed to condemn the banner put on display in Newry describing one of the IRA’s most ruthless terrorists caught in possession of one of the murder weapons used at Kingsmills ‘our hero’. Given that McElduff resigned over his own insult directed at the Kingsmills’ victims, it is appalling that Sinn Fein can sit and acquiesce whilst yet another insult is put on visual display in Newry.
“It seems that nothing has changed in terms of Sinn Fein’s attitude towards victims of terrorism and for that reason I will continue to do what I can to facilitate a voice for victims in the forthcoming by-election and I thank those who have been doing what they can as well. However, time is short with nominations closing on 10th April. If it cannot be achieved, we will have to consider other options.”
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs