Sinn Fein suspend MP who posed with bread on Kingsmill massacre anniversary

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THE SUSPENSION of Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff over a controversial video has been slammed as a "pathetic" decision by the party's opposition.

In a video posted on Twitter on Friday night, Barry McElduff is seen walking around a service station with a batch of Kingsmill bread resting on his head.

A Sinn Féin politician has apologised for posting a video showing him with a Kingsmill-branded loaf on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre.

Foster condemned Mr McElduff's video post but claimed senior party members were far from blameless and accused Sinn Féin of being indifferent to the feelings of victims of Republican violence.

In a statement, Mr McElduff said: "Although I genuinely meant no offence, I accept that my actions were ill-judged and, while unintended, caused deep and unnecessary hurt and pain to the Kingsmill families".

"I pose this question to Mr McElduff and to Sinn Fein - where is the respect shown to the families of the victims of the Kingsmills Massacre with disgusting actions like this?"

"What he did was deeply offensive in and of itself, but it is bad behaviour which has, in effect, been authorised on high in Sinn Fein by the culture created by its leaders and the turning of a blind eye to repeated wrongdoings", she said.

Today, he deleted the video and posted an apology on Twitter.

"This incident represents a fork in the road for Sinn Fein".

"Barry is paid through the party resources and he will continue to be paid through the party resources", she said.

Mr Kearney said Mr O Muilleoir had offered the party an explanation for the retweet.

"However, given the seriousness of the issue, I have suspended Barry for a period of three months from the party and Barry accepts that as an appropriate response in relation to the tweet activity".

"What has happened is absolutely inexcusable and indefensible and the party is taking this matter very seriously indeed", he said.

The storm around the social media post is threatening to further disrupt faltering efforts to re-establish a powersharing executive at Stormont, with the Democratic Unionists characterising it as an affront to victims.

Sinn Fein is accustomed to leading the charge on social media against acts of unionist idiocy or intransigence.

Alan Black, who survived the Kingsmill attack despite being shot 18 times, said the three-month suspension was not sufficient. Friday, January 5 was also the 41st anniversary of the massacre which saw 10 innocent workers gunned down in cold blood by the Provisional IRA.

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