SF’s banquet decision has left unionism needing to catch up, says Paisley

Kyle Paisley
Kyle Paisley

Martin McGuinness’s attendance at a Royal banquet has left unionists “with some catching up to do”, one of Ian Paisley’s sons has said.

The Rev Kyle Paisley, who is a Free Presbyterian minister in England, said that Sinn Fein’s decision to attend last week’s state banquet had “made them look almost statesmanlike”.

In a letter to the News Letter, the Rev Paisley, who is the twin brother of North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Jr, alluded to recent comments by First Minister Peter Robinson.

The Rev Paisley said: “This leaves unionists with some catching up to do, particularly after recent threats of ‘resignation’ and ‘nuclear action’ to end the stalemate over welfare reform, including the returning of certain devolved powers to Westminster.”

He added: “I believe that Her Majesty struck the right balance at Windsor Castle.

“All right-thinking people want to live together as neighbours and friends. But respect and co-operation for mutual benefit between Britain and Ireland, and within Northern Ireland, are impossible without facing the past honestly – a point acknowledged by the president of the Irish Republic.

“After the scandalous behaviour of the British Government over the on the runs, let us hope and pray that all in authority will have a new will and determination to do things honourably. The victims of terrorism deserve better treatment from the powers-that-be, and Northern Ireland cannot afford any more setbacks.”

See Letters, page 16