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DUP Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has described comments by Sinn Féin’s RoI Health spokesperson David Cullinane as dripping with hypocrisy, after he called for those who breach the Irish government’s covid-19 guidelines to resign.

Commenting Carla Lockhart said:

“Sinn Fein is certainly a partitionist party when it comes to irony.

Sinn Féin’s demands on Irish government Ministers to resign for breach of Covid-19 guidelines begs the question why two different standards by the same party in two different countries? If Ministers who breach the rules must resign there why not here?

The funeral of Bobby Storey saw dozens of Sinn Fein representatives in Northern Ireland, and indeed some from the Irish Republic, breach both guidance and regulations. Most notably it included Michelle O’Neill, the Deputy First Minister, who for weeks had been urging the public to rightly obey the huge demands placed upon the ordinary man and woman on the street.

True to form, Sinn Fein brazenly ignored the public outcry at the double standards and demands for resignations. That SF now demand resignations of those who, like them, breached the guidelines is quite remarkable. It is utter hypocrisy and the public see it as such.

Sinn Fein’s behaviour at the Storey funeral not only undermined the rules but destroyed the messaging of the Executive. The number of covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland is rising. One of the biggest problems is mass gatherings in breach of the rules. SF must take their share of responsibility for this.

The disregard shown for the guidelines displayed by Sinn Fein has contributed to public adherence slipping. Sinn Fein, as usual, are the do as we say party, not as we do.

It is up to Sinn Fein to explain why Ministers should resign in the Irish Republic for the same offence they committed in Northern Ireland. Does Sinn Féin’s double standards stop at the border?”