Alderman John Finlay slams Sinn Fein ‘hypocrisy over flags and banners’

Alderman John Finlay

CLOUGHMILLS DUP councillor John Finlay has slammed what he described as “blatant hypocrisy from Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill over flags and banners”.

Alderman Finlay said: “Sinn Fein keep telling us we have to move on. In the latest example, Michelle O’Neill tweeted to say ‘we must move beyond flags and banners being used to mark out territory and intimidate sections of the community’.

“Fine words, but they are false words, for while Sinn Fein talk the talk, their actions betray another mindset. Michelle O’Neill is engaged in double-speak and blatant hypocrisy.”

The councillor said “for all her honeyed words,” Michelle O’Neill and her Sinn Fein colleagues are “stuck” in their “own dark” past.

The councillor added: “While condemning loyalist flags and banners and calling for action to be taken against them, they continue to mark out their own territory by erecting illegal memorial monuments and flying illegal flags.

“They openly eulogise and honour dead IRA terrorists. and describe them, as Gerry Adams did recently, as decent people.

“One example in my own constituency is the memorial to IRA terrorists Declan Martin and Henry Hogan in Dunloy. They were killed in a gun battle with the SAS in February 1984. Loyal Order parades are banned in Dunloy, but republicans can march through the village to remember two terrorists.

“Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Fein need to sort out the plank that is in their own eye before they focus on whatever mote they think might be in ours.

“When they put their own house in order, we might take them more seriously, but until then we will treat Michelle O’Neill’s comments with the contempt that they deserve.”

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