DUP Policing Board member Mervyn Storey has questioned how the Justice Minister could describe Gerry Kelly’s tweets glorifying escape of Provisional IRA prisoners from the Maze as offensive and thoroughly inappropriate yet refuse to even investigate whether he should be removed as a member of the Policing Board.
Mr Storey, along with East Antrim MLA David Hilditch were amongst those who raised complaints in relation to the Sinn Fein representative.
The North Antrim MLA said, “The Justice Minister will need to explain to the people of Northern Ireland how she can decide on one hand that Gerry Kelly’s tweet was offensive and thoroughly inappropriate yet tell the public there are insufficient grounds even to investigate whether he should be removed from the Policing Board.
It is deeply disappointing, but unfortunately not surprising that the Minister has sought to duck the issue. That the Justice Minister would be an elected representative seems to have come as a surprise to the current incumbent, leading to a somewhat convenient outcome where legal advice might be hidden behind.
People will be able to draw their own conclusions in relation to the Justice Minister’s handling of this issue just as they have been able to draw their own conclusions about Gerry Kelly’s commitment to the rule of law.”