Irish officials “no longer welcome” in north, say group of loyalist paramilitary representatives
A group representing loyalist paramilitary organizations called on the next DUP leader to end power sharing if necessary to “stop the constant flow of concessions in Sinn Féin”, adding that Irish officials are “no longer welcome in Northern Ireland “.
The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) – an umbrella group representing the views of the UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commando – made the remarks following Edwin Poots’ decision to step down from his post. DUP leader post after the party’s internal fury over its decision to appoint a prime minister. after the UK government pledged to introduce Irish language legislation.
In a statement released on Friday, the LCC expressed its “dismay” at “recent cases of surrender to Sinn Féin blackmail” and the lack of progress in attempts to get rid of the Northern Ireland protocol. .
He adds: “The LCC calls for a united Unionist response to vigorously resist these attacks on unionism.
“The new DUP leader must stop the constant flow of concessions to Sinn Féin, even if it means suspending the normal functioning of devolution.
“[The UK] the government must reverse its thoughtless and hasty decision to legislate for the Irish language in Westminster or risk causing significant political and community instability.
He calls on trade unionism to unite to “protest peacefully” against the protocol.
“We call for continued restraint and peaceful demonstrations, even in light of these latest provocative and destabilizing developments,” the statement said.
The statement also criticized the Irish government, warning it would not be welcome in the North until it “repairs the damage it has caused”.
“The continued denials and insulting comments by the Irish government prove how much it has misled European leaders about the views of the people of Northern Ireland and the guarantees for the two communities contained in the agreement from Belfast.
“Until they accept and repair the damage they have caused, Irish government ministers and officials are no longer welcome in Northern Ireland. “