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Assembly clash as DUP MP grills McGuinness on IRA past

By Noel McAdam

Published 02/02/2016

The DUP's Gregory Campbell
The DUP's Gregory Campbell

The DUP’s Gregory Campbell has clashed with Martin McGuinness again in the Assembly over the Deputy First Minister’s IRA past.

At Assembly Question Time, Mr Campbell asked the Sinn Fein man for his view of a former terrorist who refused to give the Garda information last week.

Mr Campbell said that when questioned by police in the Republic on Friday, the man followed Mr McGuinness’ lead by declining to give any information about a suspect, still alive, said to have been involved in the Birmingham pub bombs.

He noted that “the Deputy First Minister took exactly the same stance when he was in the box at the Saville inquiry by refusing to name anyone involved in terrorism with him”.

Mr McGuinness — the IRA’s second in command in Londonderry in the early 1970s — said he sometimes thought Mr Campbell “does not understand that he is asking a question of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister”.

“I do not believe that his question is in any way appropriate,” he added.

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