MP’s fresh over­ture to union­ists is re­buffed

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY LINDA STE­WART

THE DUP has re­jected Sinn Fein MP Orfh­laith Be­g­ley’s re­newed bid to reach out to union­ists.

East Antrim MLA Gor­don Lyons branded com­ments by the new West Ty­rone MP — in which she ac­cused union­ists of “faux out­rage” — as “shame­ful and ill-con­sid­ered”.

Ms Be­g­ley be­came em­broiled in con­tro­versy af­ter at­tend­ing a hunger strike com­mem­o­ra­tion in her first pub­lic en­gage­ment af­ter be­ing elected.

The event in Dro­more, Co Ty­rone, on May 5 marked the 37th an­niver­sary of Bobby Sands’ death. Union­ists in­sisted it showed that rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ges­tures by Sinn Fein were less than gen­uine.

Writ­ing in the Belfast Tele­graph yes­ter­day, Ms Be­g­ley de­scribed the row as “union­ist faux out­rage at a repub­li­can do­ing some­thing repub­li­can”.

But Mr Lyons said that the Sinn Fein lead­er­ship must re­alise that of­fence is caused through the con­tin­ual glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of the IRA.

“Orfh­laith Be­g­ley’s words about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion are to be wel­comed. We all want a so­ci­ety that is set­tled and at peace,” he said.

“How­ever, Orfh­laith’s words are only as im­por­tant as her other state­ments, and the actions which fol­low.”

Com­ments: Orfh­laith Be­g­ley

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