Coleraine DUP Councillor, Trevor Clarke, has hit out at comments made by a Sinn Fein representative about the use of violence for political ends.
“Councillor Tony McCaul made this comment on Facebook the day after the IRA attempted to murder a Prison Officer.
His remarks represent a very thinly-veiled threat that republicans may choose to return to violence ‘if circumstances change’. Commitment to democracy and the rule of law isn’t an optional extra which can be switched off and on according to any circumstances.
Sinn Fein must clarify if it is committed to peace on a permanent basis, a part-time basis, a temporary basis, or a casual basis. It would also be helpful to know exactly what Cllr McCaul might consider to be ‘changed circumstances’.
It would be meaningless to suggest Cllr McCaul withdraw his comments, but it is useful and enlightening to know he views his political mandate as interchangeable with a return to terrorism at some point in the future.”