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Ireland Arlene Foster challenges Sinn Fein to condemn attempted murder of her father and DUP deputy Nigel Dodds

09:40  21 november  2019
09:40  21 november  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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DUP leader Arlene Foster has called on Sinn Fein to specifically condemn the IRA’s attempted murder of her father and party deputy leader Nigel Dodds during the Troubles. Ms Foster issued the challenge amid a row about controversial loyalist banners that have appeared in the North Belfast

The DUP leader also called on the republican party to condemn a murder attempt on party deputy leader Nigel Dodds .

Mary Lou McDonald, Arlene Foster are posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

DUP leader Arlene Foster has challenged Sinn Fein to condemn the shooting of her father in 1979 and the attempt on the life of DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds in 1996.

The challenge comes following calls from Sinn Fein directed at Ms. Foster and Mr. Dodds to denounce posters put up in Belfast by loyalist activists.

Arlene Foster holding a sign © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

The posters make allegations against Sinn Fein’s North Belfast candidate John Finucane and other members of his family, including his father Pat, a civil rights lawyer murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989 in one of the most controversial killings of the Troubles.

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The DUP leader also called on the republican party to condemn a murder attempt on DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds .

Nigel Alexander Dodds OBE (born 20 August 1958) is a Northern Irish barrister and unionist politician. He is currently seeking re-election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Belfast North

Michelle O'Neill et al. posing for the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald urged the DUP leadership to speak out against the posters, which she described as being part of a ‘sinister campaign of threats and intimidation’ directed against the Finucane family.

Speaking at the launch of the DUP policy paper on Tuesday morning, Mr. Dodds complied with Ms. McDonald’s request, denouncing the posters and stressing that the DUP would not endorse or condone any smear campaigns or demonisation attempts against political rivals.

However, this condemnation came with its own proviso, as anything approaching a DUP concession tends to do, and Ms. Foster supplemented Mr. Dodds’s comments by laying down the gauntlet to Sinn Fein’s leadership.

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Sinn Féin ’s John Finucane, the son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, who is contesting the North The DUP deputy leader and outgoing North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has insisted that posters attacking John Finucane and members of his family have nothing to do with the DUP , and that any such tactics

The DUP had nothing to do with a banner targeting Sinn Féin 's John Finucane, the party's deputy leader says. Anything personally offensive, smearing and inaccurate of any candidate in the Westminster election must be condemned , DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said.

Ms. Foster said: ‘It is a bit rich to listen to people talking about violence and hate crimes and what have you.

Arlene Foster, Nigel Dodds are posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

‘We need complete clarity from Sinn Fein around some of the violent acts that took place here in Northern Ireland.

‘What do they have to say about the attempted murder of my father for example, what do they have to say about the attempted murder of Nigel Dodds? We need to hear from them what they have to say about that.’

The incidents referred to by Ms. Foster include the shooting of her father, policeman John Kelly, by the IRA on the family farm in Fermanagh in 1979, as well as the attempted murder of Nigel Dodds by the IRA in 1996, while the DUP deputy leader visited his seriously ill son in the Royal Children’s Hospital in West Belfast.

Nigel Dodds holding a sign © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

During the latter incident, a policeman guarding Mr. Dodds was shot and injured.

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Mr. Dodds also alluded to the attempt on his life when questioned about the Finucane posters during the launch of the DUP’s 12-point policy plan, Let’s Get NI Moving Again, ahead of the U.K. general election on December 12.

Concerning the loyalist posters, Mr. Dodds said: ‘The banners and posters have nothing to do with our campaign. We knew nothing about them and I want to make it very, very clear that anything that is personally abusive or offensive, inaccurate and smearing of any candidate in any political party is to be condemned and is nothing to do with a proper democratic debate or democratic election, so I want to make that very, very clear indeed.’

  Arlene Foster challenges Sinn Fein to condemn attempted murder of her father and DUP deputy Nigel Dodds © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

He added: ‘Our party has been crystal clear on these issues, on violence and on the use of violence. And the challenge to all parties is the same — we see some vile internet trolling of victims, of unionist politicians as well, and that’s to be condemned also.

‘But there’s also a challenge to Sinn Fein in this election; they can’t be selective here. We condemn every act of violence from every paramilitary organisation — do they do that, will they do that?

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‘Will they condemn the IRA who went into a hospital 20 years ago and shot a police officer guarding me? Do they condemn it? No, they don’t.’

Mr. Dodds continued: ‘Will they stop eulogising the violent perpetrators of the IRA — it’s time they were challenged on some of this stuff and not be selective about it.

‘Our position is clear — we will have no part in anything that demonises or has any personal offence or personal abuse against any candidate, it’s not part of our campaign and we will not be part of it.’

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