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Sinn Fein slams TUV over Gerry Kelly jibe

By Noel McAdam

Sinn Fein has hit back at a Traditional Unionist Voice attack on apparent plans for Junior Minister Gerry Kelly, a convicted bomber, to speak near the site of the Omagh bomb.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone TUV candidate Alex Elliot said pressure, including from a victim of the Poppy Day massacre, had led Sinn Fein to change the venue from the Clinton Centre, which stands on the site of the bomb, to a hotel in Irvinestown.

“The fact that convicted bomber Gerry Kelly is billed as the keynote speaker for the event highlights something of the gross insensitivity of republicans and reminds us, once again, of their unfitness for government office.

“Was Sinn Fein’s plan to have a bomber speak at the site of a bombing?” he asked.

Sinn Fein responded: “Gerry Kelly is an elected Assembly member and a member of the Executive, positions that Alex Elliot or his TUV colleagues will not need to worry themselves about.

“If the TUV ever manage to get members elected then people may begin to take things they say seriously and respond to them in such a fashion,” the party said.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty called on those responsible for the murder of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr near the town on Saturday to formally admit responsibility.

“We are now five days on from Ronan Kerr’s murder, yet to date those responsible have not come forward and claimed responsibility for their actions,” he said.

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