Upper Bann DUP MP David Simpson has said Sinn Fein is trying to create a talks dust storm to divert media attention from those republicans who harboured child abusers.
Spokesman on Business, Innovation & Skills and Communities & Local Government, Member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Commenting Mr Simpson said,
“The DUP has put forward written proposals to the Executive parties about how to deal with the most pressing issue facing Stormont which is welfare reform. We have met with the SDLP, the Alliance Party and tried to meet the UUP to discuss this document.
In Cardiff on Wednesday, my party leader met with Sinn Fein for 45 minutes about talks issues. We are committed to finding solutions. However, it is unsurprising that Sinn Fein attempts to downplay our meeting with the deputy First Minister. Martin McGuinness is clearly not regarded as having sufficient authority to discuss any issue unless sanctioned by the party HQ in Dublin.
Sinn Fein’s spin is nothing more than a crude attempt to divert media attention from the growing number of stories about the PIRA moving sexual abuse predators from one jurisdiction to another.
Gerry Adams has questions to answer about how he dealt with information which was presented to him. Victims of child sex abuse were treated like criminals rather than receiving justice and support. As a result, child abusers, known to republicans, are still at large in communities and have not been dealt with by the proper authorities.
Rather than circling the wagons, Sinn Fein should be helping victims by giving answers and treating victims with respect.”