DUP need to show leadership and stop pandering to loyalism – McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said the DUP need to show leadership and stop pandering to loyalism in their support for provocative symbols intended to cause hurt. 

The Foyle MLA said: 

“Considerable hurt and anger has been caused by an image widely circulated on social media of senior DUP figures posing for a photograph under a banner erected in Derry’s Fountain estate featuring the logo of the British Army’s parachute regiment. 

“This banner was intended to be provocative with the inclusion of the logo of the parachute regiment. The only connection of that regiment to this city is Bloody Sunday and the DUP representatives who posed for this photo would have been well aware of that. 

“This, together with senior DUP figures appearing to show support for a loyalist band wearing parachute regiment insignia demonstrates the urgent need for the DUP leadership to state whether it supports causing hurt and pain to the relatives of those murdered on Bloody Sunday and other victims of the conflict. 

“Failure to do so will be seen as pandering to the loyalists who put up these provocative and hurtful symbols.”Ends/Críoch