In response to comments by Sinn Fein’s Caoimhe Archibald TUV Assembly Candidate for East Londonderry Jordan Armstrong said:
“The leadership of Republicanism need to first and foremost need to recognise the reality that the Easter Rising was nothing more than a treachery rebellion which has been used to justify the terrorist campaign that ravaged this country for decades.
“The so called“patriots”are the fore-runners of the IRA and there is nothing patriotic about murder!
“The 1916 Proclamation boasted of an allegiance between the rebels and the German forces fighting against freedom – including Irishmen in the trenches of France.
“The rebellion took advantage of a country which was at war. Brave men and women served with gallantry to secure freedom and democracy. If it were not for these true patriots, our country would not be as it is today.
“The Republican leadership also need to acknowledge that unity cannot be built on murder, glorying terrorism or the denial of what happened during the Provo terrorist campaign.
“There must be no revisionism!
“These republican leaders and members of SF/IRA who some hid behind a balaclava need to come forward with the truth, condemn their acts of murder and show remorse for their inexcusable actions.
“Archibald also speaks with hypocrisy when she demands a society that ‘cherishes all of the children of the nation equally’.
“Where was the equality for the children of Jean McConville, the Shankill Bomb victims, Enniskillen and many other such unjustifiable acts of terrorism?”