UUP MLA Ross Hussey has hit out at Taoiseach Enda Kenny for not meeting with Tyrone IRA victims.
Mr Hussey said: “For a year now I have been working with the various government departments in Dublin attempting to arrange a meeting between the Derg Valley Victims and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.
“I have presented the departments with a portfolio detailing the terror attacks on Castlederg – which at one time was the most bombed town in Northern Ireland – and details of the 29 murders that took place in the area.”
He added: “I had accepted various explanations for the delay in the meeting with the Taoiseach, including the presidency of the EU.
“But there is no valid reason why the Irish prime minister cannot find time in his schedule to meet these victims. We have offered to travel to Dublin and we have also invited him to Castlederg. The only obstacle appears to be a self-imposed block by the Department of the Taoiseach.”
Mr Hussey said his patience “has eventually snapped”.
“It is now time for the matter to be made public and I am therefore seeking an explanation from the Taoiseach,” he said.
The News Letter asked the Taoiseach’s office on Friday and yesterday for comment, but none has yet been offered.
Last August, victims’ groups were outraged when republicans marched through Castlederg in honour of two terrorists who who were killed by their own bomb in 1973.