The leaderships and candidates of unionist political parties should immediately reject the endorsement of loyalist paramilitary groups, Sinn Féin European candidate Martina Anderson has said.
She was speaking after the Loyalist Communities Council, which is linked to the UDA, UVF and The Hand Commando, issued a statement urging people only to vote for unionist candidates in Thursday’s election.
Martina Anderson commented: “The LCC statement is just the latest example of a group representing loyalist paramilitaries publicly endorsing unionist candidates in recent elections.
“Loyalist paramilitaries are still actively involved in violence, intimidation, drug-dealing and murder. They have no right to tell anyone how they should exercise their democratic entitlements.
“Their endorsement should be immediately and publicly rejected by the leaderships of the unionist political parties.
“Arlene Foster, Robin Swann and Jim Allister should make it clear that these organisations have no place in our society and should disband immediately.”