Mike Nesbitt has failed to tackle armed loyalists


Mike Nesbitt’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.

He criticises Sinn Féin while cosying up to active armed loyalist gangs when it suits him.

He has acknowledged there are areas of Newtownards controlled by the UVF.

Yet he is quite happy to utilise loyalist muscle to attempt to force Orange marches through nationalist areas. He has also singularly failed to confront armed loyalist gangs who are tormenting their own communities through extortion, drug dealing and murder. That is the real elephant in the room.

Sinn Féin opposes all criminality regardless of where it emanates from, and will continue to do so.

Conor Murphy, Sinn Fein MLA Newry and Armagh