Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA, has made the following comments in response to the DUP Leader’s statement regarding the murder of Kevin McGuigan and the Ulster Unionist Party’s unanimous decision to quit the Northern Ireland Executive over the bad faith of Sinn Féin.
Mr Nesbitt said:
“It is extraordinary that it has taken until the last day of August for Peter Robinson to comment on the latest IRA murder. It is equally remarkable that he cannot agree with me that enough is enough and take a principled stand.
“But above all, it is incredible that he chooses the language of the battlefield to defend his stance. Does he think the people of Northern Ireland have such short memories that they do not recall that when the DUP flip-flopped on their “Never, Never, Never, Never” stance regarding sharing power with Sinn Féin, they promised “a battle a day.”
“The problem for Peter Robinson is that there is no battlefield under his command.
“The Ulster Unionist Party will put country ahead of selfish party interests and Do what’s right for Northern Ireland. We will not be deflected by ill-thought out soundbites from the Leader of the DUP.”