Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Unionist hypocrisy

The father of a victim of loyalist violence accuses unionist politicians of hypocrisy:

Unionist political representatives have been outrageously hypocritical over the Robert McCartney affair, a loyalist paramilitary murder victim's father claimed today.

Raymond McCord launched a blistering attack on the two major unionist parties, accusing them of condemning the IRA killing yet ignoring the pain within their own community.

Mr McCord, whose son Raymond Jr, 22, was beaten to death and his body dumped in a north Belfast quarry in 1997, believes Special Branch blocked the police inquiry into the murder to protect a high-ranking Ulster Volunteer Force informer.

An investigation into his allegations is being carried out by Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan.

But as Mr McCartney's five sisters and partner prepared for White House talks with President George Bush in their quest to bring the knife gang to justice, Mr McCord hit out at his own representatives.

He said: "Myself and other victims are absolutely disgusted over the stance the Democratic Unionists and Ulster Unionists have taken on Robert McCartney. Why can't they look at things closer to home? They have failed the people who voted them in."

Mr McCord, who has spoken out against the UVF men he insists were behind the merciless attack, praised the McCartney family's tireless campaign.

"I totally support what the sisters are doing. I went to visit them at their house, I've been on the phone to them and I hope they get justice," he insisted.

"But why have people within unionism stayed silent on the murders of our sons? The UVF has murdered something like 30 Protestant people since their so-called ceasefire."

Even Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has publicly called for the McCartney killers to come forward and give statements to Mrs O'Loan's office, he added.

"It seems to me that nationalist MPs have no qualms about fighting for their community but within unionism it's the complete opposite. The stance they have taken, and their hypocrisy, is staggering."

Of course the media will not make a big deal out of Mr. McCord's loss because it doesn't suit their anti-Irish republican agenda to do so.


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