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Paisley's war of words over Good Friday Agreement

By Victoria Leonard

DUP MP Ian Paisley has challenged a former SDLP MLA who suggested that if the Good Friday Agreement could not endure, Northern Ireland could see a return to violence.

Former Policing Board member Conall McDevitt was reacting to an article in The Huffington Post in which Labour MP Kate Hoey said Stormont's "mandatory coalition is not sustainable in the long run."

Mr McDevitt, a former Assembly member for South Belfast, wrote on Twitter: "If the Good Friday Agreement is not sustainable then peace and reconciliation in Ireland is not sustainable."

Mr Paisley responded: "Oh, so who's going back to killing and bombing then?"

Mr McDevitt's reply that "peace is more than just the absence of violence" and that the "GFA underpins our peace and it's the foundation for our reconciliation" was dismissed by Mr Paisley.

The North Antrim MP tweeted: "Conall that sounds like 'clap trap'."

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