Lord Dodds seeks legislative change on glorifying terrorism

During the Committee Stage debate on the Government’s Legacy Bill today Lord Dodds will propose the creation of a new offence based on section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006 establishing an offence of glorifying terrorism in Northern Ireland. It will also seek to amend the Government bill by making having received immunity under the Government’s Legacy Bill an aggravating factor in sentencing.

By The Rt Hon Lord Dodds of Duncairn OBE Peer

Lord Dodds said:

“We have witnessed obscene acts of glorification of terrorist murderers on a constant basis.

This has been led by prominent Sinn Fein politicians who continue to re-traumatise innocent victims by acts of glorification and commemoration of blood thirsty terrorist murderers.

This amendment is designed to try to reign in this kind of obnoxious behaviour.

We have egregious examples such as Michelle O’Neill commemorating the death of Terrorist Thomas McElwee without mentioning the fact he burned to death a young woman Yvonne Dunlop who was in a shop which he firebombed.

Innocent victims have seen sports facilities and playparks either being named after terrorists or plaques erected to glorify them.

For too long apologists for murder have hypocritically mouthed platitudes about human rights whilst defending and eulogising some of the most obscene acts of violence carried out by criminals and mass murderers.”

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