06 March 2006

Governments and DUP cannot divorce their actions from murder bid

Sinn Féin

Published: 6 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly today said that the DUP cannot divorce themselves from the attempted murder of a Catholic taxi driver in the area over the weekend.

Mr Kelly said:

"The DUP sit on forums with the UDA the organisation responsible for this murder bid. Yet they continue to refuse to engage with Sinn Féin about the business of putting the political institutions back in place. Their hypocrisy is breathtaking.

"The two governments have allowed the DUP to create a political vacuum.

"That political vacuum has now been filled by unionist paramilitary violence. It did not take a great understanding of our history to predict that this would happen. A catholic man almost paid with his life on Saturday night as a result.

"The DUP need to realise that there is a price being paid for their continuing failure to engage, and the two governments have to realise that there is a price being paid for their continuing pandering to the DUP." ENDS

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