By at least acknowledging the hurt caused at Saturday’s parade in Derry, the Apprentice Boys have shown more leadership than the DUP, Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said.
“There is a palpable sense of hurt and anger in Derry at the decision by a band to wear Soldier F and Parachute Regiment regalia at Saturday’s Apprentice Boys parade,” Michelle O’Neill commented.
“The leadership of the Apprentice Boys has now at least acknowledged the hurt and offence caused. There is now an onus on them to ensure there is never any repeat of the disrespect and provocation we witnessed on Saturday last.
“In stark contrast, the DUP has totally failed to show any leadership. The DUP has not acknowledged the hurt caused by either the Apprentice Boys march or the disgraceful decision by DUP representatives to pose for a photo underneath a Parachute Regiment banner in the city where that regiment murdered 14 people on Bloody Sunday.
“This was a deliberate insult to the Bloody Sunday families. The DUP leadership needs to tackle the disrespect of their elected representatives and to belatedly show some modicum of political leadership.” Críoch/Ends