Tuesday 19 June 2018

Families of the victims welcome MP's resignation after Kingsmill controversy

Colin Worton, whose brother Kenneth was one of 10 workmen shot dead in the Kingsmill massacre in 1976, at the Family Research and Policy Unit (FRPU) offices in Markethill, Co Armagh. Mr Worton said that Barry McElduff, who has resigned as a Sinn Fein MP, should have stepped down sooner. Photo: PA
Colin Worton, whose brother Kenneth was one of 10 workmen shot dead in the Kingsmill massacre in 1976, at the Family Research and Policy Unit (FRPU) offices in Markethill, Co Armagh. Mr Worton said that Barry McElduff, who has resigned as a Sinn Fein MP, should have stepped down sooner. Photo: PA

Rebecca Black

The resignation of Barry McElduff has been welcomed by the families of those killed at Kingsmill, but the brother of one of the victims has called on Sinn Féin to stop the glorification of terrorism.

Colin Worton's brother Kenneth (24) was one of the 10 men killed by the IRA after their minibus home from work was pulled over by gunmen.

He said he would like to see more sincerity from Sinn Féin.

"The resignation is to be welcomed, but not to be gloated over because we are just glad that he went," he said.

"I still don't believe in his apology, and still believe what Barry McElduff said is only the tip of the iceberg. I still believe a lot of people within Sinn Féin, and their supporters, hang on to these thoughts and images."

May Quinn, whose brother Bobby Walker (46), was among those killed, echoed Mr Worton's view that Mr McElduff should have stepped down sooner.

"I think resigning was the only thing he could do," she said. "There is nothing he could do to right a hurt like that, it was too vicious. He should never have done it, to mock the dead beggars belief."

Irish Independent

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