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Widow says Arlene Foster's Good Friday Agreement comments are 'disrespectful' to victims

Bernie McKearney, whose parents and husband were murdered by loyalist paramilitaries.

A Co Tyrone woman, who lost both her husband and parents at the hands of sectarian killers, has hit out at DUP leader Arlene Foster, saying her comments on the Good Friday Agreement are "disrespectful" to victims,

Bernie McKearney's parents Charlie (63) and Tess Fox (53) were murdered in September 1992 in their Moy home.

The double murder was carried out by a loyalist gang working under the leadership of Billy Wright.

Mrs McKearney also lost her husband Kevin (32) at the hands of the same UVF gang in Moy just nine months earlier, as he worked with his uncle Jack (69) in the family's butcher shop.

Jack McKearney died several months later from his injuries.

Mrs McKearney was left widowed with four children under the age of 10.

In relation to the Good Friday Agreement, Ms Foster was reported as saying: "There has been a lot of misinterpretation, holding it up as a sacrosanct piece of legislation. It has been deeply frustrating to hear people who voted Remain and in Europe talk about Northern Ireland as though we can't touch the Belfast Agreement.

However, Mrs McKearney said the DUP leader was being "disrespectful" to those who lost loved ones.

"As someone who lost both parents and a husband during the troubles Arlene Foster's remarks will put my four children's life at risk also", said Mrs McKearney.

"The Troubles started because of discrimination, Arlene’s rewriting of the Good Friday Agreement will only lead to further discrimination and we know where that will lead us", she added.

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