Sinn Féin say 'no need for further action' against Máirtín Ó Muilleoir for re-tweeting Barry McElduff video

Sinn Féin said there is "no need for further action" against Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Picture by Mal McCann

SINN Féin has said there is "no need for further action" against Máirtín Ó Muilleoir despite calls for him to be held accountable for re- tweeting Barry McElduff's controversial video.

Ulster Unionist assembly member Steve Aiken said Mr Ó Muilleoir has "questions to answer" after he retweeted the video posted by Mr McElduff.

Mr Ó Muilleoir, an MLA for South Belfast, later deleted the retweet and apologised and said he saw the post as being "wholly apolitical and retweeted it on that basis".

But Mr Aiken last night said the Sinn Féin politician should be "held accountable for his behaviour".

"The reprehensible and lamentable decision by Sinn Féin to suspend Barry McElduff from 'all party activity' for three months has exposed them for having a complete lack of compassion for IRA murder victims," he said.

"The fact that they have also failed to address the complicity of Máirtín Ó Muilleoir in this appalling demonstration of disrespect to the Kingsmill victims and their families is an abhorrent dereliction of responsibility.

"Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has provided nothing but a completely shallow, pathetic apology for his endorsement of Barry McElduff`s social media post."

Mr Aiken said that as a senior member of Sinn Féin's Stormont team "his explanation about his involvement in this affair is scarcely believable."

But a Sinn Féin spokesman said there would no action taken again Mr Ó Muilleoir.

"Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has explained that he retweeted a post which he believed to be apolitical and immediately deleted it and apologised once the full extent of the issue became clear," he said.

"The party has accepted this and see no need for further action."

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