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Dodds calls on Sinn Fein to apologise over MEP's claim that IRA weren't terrorists

By Adrian Rutherford

A Sinn Fein politician has been urged to apologise after claiming that IRA atrocities could not be described as terrorism.

Liadh Ni Riada made the comments in a controversial interview with Hot Press.

The Cork-based MEP said she wouldn't describe the IRA's activities as "terrorism".

However, she said she would use the word to refer to Islamic State, citing "different levels of terrorism".

Her comments were attacked by DUP MEP Diane Dodds, who said they would cause offence to victims.

"This is yet another example of Sinn Fein's continued glorification of IRA crimes and further insult to innocent victims across the UK who suffered at the hands of the Provisional IRA," she said.

Mrs Dodds added: "Sinn Fein should show leadership and withdraw and apologise for these offensive and insulting remarks. How can Sinn Fein speak from one side of their mouths about respect, while continuing to justify the murder of innocent men, women and children from the other?"

Ms Ni Riada, the daughter of renowned composer and musician Sean O'Riada, had said she was "uncomfortable with the use of the word terrorism, because it's a blanket description of what atrocities there were".

She said she disagreed with describing IRA atrocities such as Bloody Friday, Aldershot, Warrington or the Birmingham pub bombings as terrorist attacks, and added she didn't "think you can be as black and white as that about it".

But Mrs Dodds accused her of seeking to "gloss over" the murders of many innocent people.

"The clear reality is that there is no difference between the terrorism of Islamic State and that carried out by the IRA.

"Murder was never justified, then or now," she added.

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