McGuinness Book of Condolence ‘insult’
Thursday, 30 March 2017
IN LIFE as in death, Martin McGuinness has sharply divided political representatives right across the Causeway Coast and Glens area. A candle lit vigil attracted huge crowds to Dungiven last Tuesday night following the passing of the former deputy First Minister and a book of condolence was opened for local residents to sign.
Meanwhile, the SDLP Mayor, Alderman Maura Hickey also opened a book of condolence and has declined to comment on a hard-hitting statement from TUV councillors who have blasted her decision.
The joint statement by Councillors Boyd Douglas, William Blair and Alderman Sharon McKillop states: "The decision of the SDLP Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens to open a book of condolence to self-confessed IRA commander McGuinness is an unnecessarily divisive act.
“It is insulting to many victims of IRA violence who have had to listen to nauseating praise of someone whose wicked terrorist organisation visited death and destruction upon many families in Ulster.
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