MP calls on McGuinness to tell the ‘truth’

Kris Hopkins
Kris Hopkins

A CONSERVATIVE MP has called on Martin McGuinness to “tell the truth about his IRA past” to a special police unit set up to investigate unsolved murders during the Troubles.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee in the House of Commons, Kris Hopkins insisted it would be “helpful” if the Sinn Fein man and his party colleagues engaged with the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), so as to “draw a line once and for all under the Troubles in Northern Ireland”.

The Mid Ulster MP was asked frequently about his IRA past during the recent Irish presidential election, where he finished third behind eventual winner Michael D Higgins.

In response to Mr Hopkins’ query, Northern Ireland Office Minister Hugh Swire admitted that in order to do a “thorough and comprehensive job”, the HET “requires all to co-operate”.

He added: “I think we should send a clear message to everybody in Northern Ireland that if the HET wishes them to co-operate in order to throw light on what happened, they should do so.”

In September, DUP MLA Arlene Foster also called on Mr McGuinness to speak with HET detectives after he admitted during his presidential campaign that he was “ashamed” that atrocities, such as the Enniskillen bombing, were carried out in the name of Irish republicanism.