Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has described comments by UUP MP Tom Elliot on former British paratroopers who carried out the Bloody Sunday massacre as an insult to the relatives of the victims.
“For more than 40 years elements of the British state have attempted to deny justice to the families of those murdered by paratroopers on Bloody Sunday.
“Following a sustained and dignified campaign by the families the British prime minister was forced to admit that the actions of his government’s soldiers was ‘unjustified and unjustifiable.’
“Now we have the ridiculous spectacle of Ulster Unionist Party MP Tom Elliot saying that ‘the paras have suffered enough’ and promoting a view that former members of the parachute regiment should not be pursued in the interests of justice.
“These comments are an insult to the families of those murdered on Bloody Sunday.
“It is utterances of this kind, which give succour to a British government which is intent on blocking the release of relevant information to families of those killed in the conflict.”