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McGuinness' reconciliation claim sparks UUP anger

By David Young

Published 24/11/2016

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has hit back at comments from Martin McGuinness who urged political unionism to do more to foster reconciliation here.

Launching a new party policy document on peace building, the Deputy First Minister said there was concern among republicans that gestures that he and senior colleagues had undertaken had not been reciprocated by unionist counterparts.

Mr McGuinness said he was not criticising his partners in government, the DUP, but said he wanted to have a "gentle" conversation on how political unionism could do more.

But Mr Nesbitt hit back and said: "The irony of Sinn Fein using the launch of a paper on reconciliation to give unionism a poke in the eye appears lost on them.

"I will welcome any serious attempt at reconciliation, but sadly it can be hard to take Sinn Fein seriously when they act as they have done today. Reconciliation is about the healing of society, not bolstering party political narratives."

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