The SDLP has been urged to apologise for supporting the release of Marian Price prior to the former Provisional IRA bomber’s confession over her role in a dissident republican murder plot.
Last week Ms Price dramatically changed her plea to admit providing a mobile phone linked to the 2009 Real IRA murder of soldiers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar in Antrim.
Sapper Quinsey’s sister Jaime yesterday told the Belfast Telegraph that those who supported the free Marian Price campaign should “hang their heads in shame”.
But SDLP MLA Alban Maginness insisted that the party was “right at the time” to campaign for the veteran terrorist’s release.
DUP MP William McCrea said: “The unadulterated arrogance of Alban Maginness in tritely dismissing the comments of Jaime Quinsey, the sister of Mark Quinsey, is breathtaking.
“With scant regard for the feelings of the families of Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar, the SDLP campaigned for the release of Marian Price. Now that she has confessed her part in the plot, rather than admit they got it wrong and offer an apology, over the course of the last few days we have seen a disgusting attempt to brazen the issue out in the hope that it will go away.”