SDLP should explain offensive remarks: Fearon

March 2, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has criticized the SDLP’s Justin McNulty for his use of the term “Lynch Law” in his condemnation of the pipe bomb attack, which seriously injured Crossmaglen man, Francis McCabe.

Calling on Mr McNulty to offer an explanation or withdraw the remark, Ms Fearon said: “Those responsible for attaching a pipe bomb to a poster which insulted and denigrated members of the local community are nothing short of criminals. It was attempted murder.  Their actions follow the wider community taking a stand in support of accountable policing and against the actions of these criminals and bullyboys. This bomb was the latest in a series of attacks designed to intimidate this community. It won’t work.

“The First and Deputy First Ministers made a stand against these criminals and that is precisely what is needed, a united front in the face of such actions.  The question for the SDLP is why their local candidate sees fit to call the leaving of this device “Lynch Law”, implying the victim had done something wrong?

“This device was aimed at anyone from this community who opposes these criminals and who would have removed this poster.  The SDLP have offended the victim’s family and they should either explain their remarks or withdraw them.”