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Barry McElduff suspended by Sinn Féin for three months

Barry McElduff. MC 46

West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff has been suspended by Sinn Féin for a period of three months.

The decision to suspend the Carrickmore man from all party activity comes in the wake of the controversy over a video posted on social media showing Mr McElduff balancing a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head.

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The video was posted on the anniversary of the Kingsmills atrocity where ten Protestant workmen were gunned down by the IRA on January 5 1976.

Mr McElduff said he did not have the massacre in mind when he performed the stunt and subsequently deleted the video and apologised.

He has also offered to meet the families of the Kingsmills victims.

A petition demanding Mr McElduff’s resignation has been signed by almost 27,000 people to date. 

A still from the video posted by Barry McElduff on Saturday.

On Monday the West Tyrone MP met with the Sinn Féin leadership at the party’s headquarters in Belfast.

Following the meeting Mr McElduff released the following statement:

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“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 apologise unreservedly for this.

“In recognising the serious consequences of my actions, I fully accept the party’s decision to suspend me from all party activity for a period of three months.”

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