Belfast Telegraph

Friday 9 October 2015

Durkan shocked by Sinn Fein ‘bully-boy’ demo

By Claire McNeilly

Published 30/09/2009

The leader of the SDLP has blasted Sinn Fein protesters for copying dissident republican “bully-boy” tactics to disrupt a news conference promoting a Yes vote in the Lisbon referendum.

Mark Durkan later wrote on Twitter that it was “shocking” to hear a Sinn Fein councillor from Louth suggest that a politician from Derry should not comment on an Irish referendum.

His comments came following a joint Press conference with Irish Labour in Dundalk yesterday, during which both sides are understood to have pushed each other’s posters out of the way.

The Foyle MLA said around 10 Sinn Fein members caused disruption in the street, forced their way into a cafe and shouted “no means no” as he and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore spoke prior to canvassing.

The Sinn Féin group, led by councillor Tomas Sharkey, said the people had already voted and rejected the Lisbon Treaty.

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