05 August 2019
Responding to a speech made by Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson at an event commemorating the hunger strikes in Strabane on Sunday, DUP MEP Diane Dodds said:
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
“Sinn Fein sends a mixed message to the next generation. From one side of their mouth they say ‘bombers in 2019 are bad” but at the same time speak from the other side to say “bombers in 1972 were good”.
Sinn Fein’s Sunday afternoon eulogies of people who believed in, and in some cases were convicted of, terrorism stands in stark contrast to the dignity of innocent victims who lost loved ones as a result of bombs and bullets.
Republicans can’t erect posters demanding ‘respect’ and then spend their weekends disrespecting innocent victims who still grieve their murdered colleagues, friends and family.
Whilst Martina Anderson danced in Strabane to celebrate republican terrorism, what thought was given to the family of five-month old Alan Jack? He was killed by a PIRA bomb in those same streets in 1972.
We will always challenge those who would rewrite these tragedies as anything other than cold-blooded, unjustifiable murder. There was never an excuse for violence and the DUP will not allow the brave and professional actions of our security forces to be used as the vehicle for blatant revisionism by republicans.”
Responding Martina Anderson’s comments on Brexit, Diane Dodds said,
“Sinn Fein should inject some honesty in their Brexit commentary and stop exploiting the fears of genuine border communities.
The Government has given an unconditional commitment to avoiding new physical infrastructure - even under a no deal. Sinn Fein’s bombast about closing border roads and bridges would be best directed to the Irish government and Brussels who now wield the greatest threat of a hard border.
There is room for a sensible deal. It will require less megaphone diplomacy and more genuine engagement.”