Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

DUP is in a Maze over shrine comments

So First Minister Peter Robinson believes that concerns about the Maze are "so absurd that the men in white coats should lead some people off" and that those who voice public concern are talking "scaremongering garbage".

Far be it from me to suggest that the DUP would ever talk garbage, but the following quotes have come to my attention.

On February 18, 2004, the DUP MP for Lagan Valley, Jeffrey Donaldson, told the Guardian: "The victims of these terrorists will not visit this site [the Maze]. It would be an absolute abomination to them."

On June 22, 2007, Nigel Dodds MP famously warned: "It is quite clear now the price for Sinn Fein support for the Maze project including the stadium is a shrine to IRA terrorism. However it is dressed up, whatever spin is deployed, the preservation of a section of the H-Blocks would become a shrine to terrorists ..."

And, on May 2, 2008, an unnamed DUP source said, when asked by the Guardian for comment on the decision to scrap the Maze stadium: "It will come within the next four weeks, probably before Peter [Robinson] moves from Finance to the Office of First Minister. It will be a popular move within the party, the majority of whom hate the idea of building a national stadium anywhere near a shrine to terrorists."

Does Mr Robinson suggest that we dismiss everything his party says as "garbage". Or just comments by other people?

SAMUEL MORRISON

Traditional Unionist Voice

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