Aontú Cllr for Derry, Emmet Doyle, has blasted the flagrant conduct of Unionist politicians like Sammy Wilson and Ian Paisley Jr to who are beating the drums of Loyalist violence again.

Cllr Doyle:

“The North of Ireland protocol was the agreed legal framework to allow for Brexit – which the DUP were so enthusiastic for – and ensure no hard border returned to the island of Ireland. The DUP backed Brexit and were happy to suffer the carnage of a No Deal Brexit, to the detriment of the people of the north. Now that they have been outflanked and their obstructionist politics have been found wanting, the Unionists are now beating the drum of loyalist violence , seeking to restore the veto of violence to northern Politics”.

“Today Sammy Wilson warned of loyalist violence if the Protocols remain in place. A few weeks ago, Ian Paisley Jr channelled the inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric of his father in his younger days to warn of violence against EU Port Workers – blaming the Protocol instead of the thugs who threaten the violence. As highlighted by my party colleague, Cllr Denise Mullen: ‘we have seen racist graffiti making death threats to the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar saying ‘My Ode to Leo Varadkar: We have a Noose, We have a Tree’ whilst the offices of Alliance Party MP Stephen Farry MP, were vandalised with graffiti saying ‘RIP GFA.’”

“The DUP opposed the Good Friday Agreement. The DUP opposed the Sunningdale Agreement. The DUP opposed the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the May deal. Instead of looking forward to working with nationalists they are looking back over their shoulders at the Traditional Unionist Voice.”