North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley has said the latest revelation in the ‘On The Runs’ scandal demonstrates once again why Sinn Fein were so determined that the scheme would remain secret.
Mr Paisley said “This secret OTR scheme was operated for the sole benefit of republicans and since it was first uncovered we have seen just how involved Sinn Fein were in its operation. It is therefore no surprise that Gerry Adams was so determined to ensure that it remained “invisible”. It was shambolic in operation and in principle – a corruption of justice.
The Government has now stated that these letters cannot be relied upon to avoid prosecution. This case once again demonstrates the importance of those words.
The latest revelation of an OTR letter being issued in error disproves the view that the Downey case was a ‘catastrophic error’.
The fact is that the entire shambolic OTR case was a catalogue of errors perpetrated by a government and NIO hell bent on concessions to Gerry Adams and Gerry Kelly.
That is why the DUP believe NI is better off with a local government with local people in charge to stop this sort of concession from happening again.
Those who think we should make a crisis out of this at Stormont really do miss the point.
There must not only be a full investigation into the individual who received this letter, but if there is any evidence of efforts by Gerry Kelly or anyone else to assist a suspect evade justice then this must also be fully considered by police.
There has been several inquiries into this matter and the inquiry by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has not yet completed its work. We are determined that the truth must be uncovered about this shameful scheme and its operation.”