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Kingsmill victim's brother slams Sinn Féin event for IRA man Raymond McCreesh

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady speaking at Monday evening's Sinn Féin gathering at Raymond McCreesh play park in Newry. Picture by Cliff Donaldson
Brendan Hughes

THE brother of a man killed in the Kingsmill massacre has hit out at Sinn Féin for organising a commemoration of an IRA hunger striker linked to the atrocity.

Colin Worton said the event honouring Raymond McCreesh at a Newry play park named after the IRA man shows Sinn Féin has "not really changed" since the Barry McElduff controversy.

Mr McElduff resigned as Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP in January after posting a video with a Kingsmill loaf on his head on the anniversary of the murders. He apologised and insisted he had not realised the connection.

Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead in the sectarian IRA killing near the south Armagh village in 1976.

Raymond McCreesh was caught in possession of a gun used in the attack.

On Monday, Sinn Féin held a commemoration to mark 37 years since his death in prison after 61 days without food.

It took place a day after a similar event was held at the park by dissident republican group Saoradh.

Mr Worton, whose brother Kenneth was among the Kingsmill victims, said Sinn Féin's apology for the loaf controversy and its talk of equality was meaningless if the party continued to "glorify" the IRA.

"If their apologies aren't followed by actions, then they're hollow," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"They're not commemorating [McCreesh], they're just glorifying him as an IRA man. And why does it have to be held in the park?

Sinn Fein did not respond to requests for a comment.

However, Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady, who attended Monday's event, earlier told The Irish News that republicans "should not have to apologise" for commemorating their dead.

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