North Antrim MLA and Policing Board representative, DUP’s Mervyn Storey, has expressed criticism at the ‘blatant hypocrisy’ of Sinn Fein on legacy disclosure.
This comes as Sinn Fein called for full disclosure from the UK Government and security services about legacy cases whilst, in what the MLA described as ‘openly supporting a selective approach to the truth on the part of republicans’.
Mr Storey made the remarks come after the publication of a book by Gerry Kelly MLA which tell the story of his time in the IRA.
‘‘Gerry Kelly’s terrorist memoirs simply reinforce what we already know about the stance of republicans toward truth and justice. They seek to hold the UK Government, the PSNI and security forces to unrealistic and unjustified standards of disclosure yet are open and unashamed in adopting a selective memory to brutal terrorist atrocities carried out by IRA.
“There is a particular irony in Gerry Adams – who rejects the popular assumption that he was in the IRA – endorsing this cynical and calculated approach to legacy. Writing in the foreword of the book, he admits: ‘There may, of course, be omissions in how the story is told. How could it be otherwise?’
“I’m sure Gerry [Kelly] has no wish to go back to prison, or to be responsible for others going there. I certainly wouldn’t blame him for that.’’
“The contrast between this brazen justification for protecting IRA perpetrators over victims’ right to the truth and Sinn Fein’s calls for the truth and recovery provisions of Stormont House to be implemented is stark. If loyalty to the IRA trumps anything else we are left to question whether there can ever be a fair and balanced agreement on legacy. It is time for mixed messages on support for policing and justice by republicans to end.
“Whilst others say one thing in public and another behind closed doors, the DUP will continue to be frank and unambiguous in our support of innocent victims of terrorism, working to meet their practical needs and protect the right of everyone to have an equitable route to justice for crimes committed during the Troubles.’’