Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Come clean on Troubles' - Minister

Spat with Sinn Féin: Junior Minister Patrick O’Donovan
Spat with Sinn Féin: Junior Minister Patrick O’Donovan
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Junior Minister Patrick O'Donovan has said all parties involved in the Troubles, including the security forces and the IRA, have a "moral responsibility" to come clean with information they may have on atrocities.

Mr O'Donovan said this responsibility applied "regardless of when it took place or the cause in whose name it was done".

The Junior Sports Minister also accused Sinn Féin of trying to "cherry-pick" comments he made about the Troubles.

Mr O'Donovan said he condemned all violence, including the IRA murders of Seamus Quaid, Jerry McCabe and Brian Stack, as well as the 1974 Dublin-Monaghan bombings.

Sinn Féin has accused Mr O'Donovan of trying to "seek publicity".

But Mr O'Donovan said people could not be selective when dealing with the past. "Any atrocities that have taken place in the name of anybody on this island or indeed in Britain during the Troubles have an obligation to bring them forward and until such time as they do, I have a difficulty with people suggesting they will be fit to govern," Mr Donovan told Limerick's 95FM.

"I don't differentiate between atrocities, whether it's Enniskillen, Omagh, Dublin-Monaghan, all victims, whether they're dead gardaí or members of the prison service."

Irish Independent

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