Liadh Ni Riada’s remarks on IRA crimes will insult innocent victims - Dodds

06 July 2017

Northern Ireland MEP Diane Dodds has called on Liadh Ni Riada to withdraw and apologise for her remarks when she claimed in an interview IRA atrocities could not be described as terrorism.

Diane Dodds MEP

Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee

Diane Dodds

Commenting Diane Dodds said,

“This is yet another example of Sinn Fein’s continued glorification of IRA crimes and further insult to innocent victims across the UK who suffered at the hands of the Provisional IRA.

Liadh Ni Riada is right to say that what Islamic State jihadis did in London and Manchester cannot be justified, but how offensive is it that she seems to think you can justify the murders of young Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball in Warrington as some how a different level of terrorism?

The clear reality is there is no difference between the abhorrent terrorism of Islamic State and that carried out by the IRA.

People will be rightly outraged by her attempts to gloss over the murder of 9 people on Bloody Friday, 21 people in Birmingham, 7 people in Aldershot and the 2 children in Warrington. The same attacks maimed 375 people. This is just a fraction of around 1800 people the IRA murdered during their terror campaign. Murder was never justified, then or now.

Sinn Fein should show leadership and withdraw and apologise for these offensive and insulting remarks. How can Sinn Fein speak from one side of their mouths about respect, while continuing to justify the murder of innocent men, women and children from the other?"

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