07 March 2019
East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has called on Sinn Fein to recognise the hypocrisy of their comments regarding the Secretary of State.
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
Mr Wilson said,
“Its time for Sinn Fein to encourage republicans to speak the truth about the PIRA. The calls for State truth and transparency reeks of hypocrisy. Repeatedly republicans have hid behind their PIRA code. When will Mary Lou and Michelle O’Neill call for republicans to tell the truth about PIRA atrocities?
The siren hysterical clamour from all the usual suspects over the Secretary of State’s remarks about legacy is predictable. Of course soldiers and police officers who served in the Troubles must not be above the law but the fact remains that there is a disproportionate focus on the 10% of Troubles deaths attributed to the police or army.
The police and army had legal means to use firearms and in most cases were justified in their actions. They were permitted to defend themselves and other innocent people. This sits in contrast to the 90% of people who were killed during the Troubles by terrorists. Those murderers skulked under the cover of darkness and shot people in the back with illegal weapons.
Sinn Fein’s calls for resignation are blatant hypocrisy. This from a party who have MPs at Westminster, MLAs at Stormont and Councillors in Local Government who actually eulogised the actions of the PIRA in murdering innocent civilians. Their actions devalue any comments which they make on the remarks of Karen Bradley for which she has already explained and now apologised.
Its sometimes a badge of honour for a Secretary of State to have demands made by Sinn Fein for their resignation since it shows an unwillingness to be moulded into Sinn Fein’s shape and a determination not to allow Sinn Fein’s version of history to become the accepted norm.”