‘Political unionism failing to confront paramilitary scourge’ – O’Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has called on unionist politicians to do more to speak out against intimidation and violence carried out by loyalist paramilitaries.

Michelle O’Neill was commenting after the East Antrim Ulster Defence Association was blamed for an arson attack on a business in Carrickfergus.

She said: “This is the latest in a line of attacks which has been linked to loyalist paramilitaries and the default position from most unionist politicians seems to be to remain silent.

“That is wrong. It is unacceptable. These organisations are a scourge on many communities. The violence, intimidation, extortion and drug dealing they are involved in needs to be confronted and condemned at every turn.

“Sinn Féin representatives have been at the forefront of confronting criminal elements to such an extent that they have been targeted themselves. It is disappointing. to say the least, that political unionism does not seem prepared to show the same leadership in standing up to thugs and gangsters.” CRÍOCH/ENDS