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SF must take further action over McElduff

The saga of the recent sectarian outburst of Barry McElduff MP is just another sorry milestone in the political history of Northern Ireland, which is littered with such uncharitable words and actions.

The fact that Sinn Fein has only suspended him for three months effectively gives him a three-month holiday and adds insult to injury.

This reaction of Sinn Fein raises the question of their commitment to non-violence. If the Mitchell Principles, to use 'exclusively peaceful means', were not broken in fact, they were surely, by this response, broken in spirit.

This is a real test case for Sinn Fein and, unless they react with further action, both against McElduff and including a proper apology for the Kingsmill massacre, their already feeble commitment to the Belfast Agreement must be disregarded.


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