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Questioning of former MP over tweet is confirmed

Barry McElduff leaves party HQ in Belfast after being informed about his suspension from Sinn Fein in January. Photo: Colm Lenaghan

THE former West Tyrone MP, Barry McElduff, has confirmed that he voluntarily attended Omagh PSNI station today over his controversial social media tweet allegedly which led to his resignation.

In a statement issued through his solicitor, Mr McElduff said that he had reiterated to police that the tweet – in which he was shown with a loaf of Kingsmill Bread on his head – was in no way intended to cause ‘offence or hurt’ to anyone.

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“He did not realise that his social media post coincided with the Kingsmill anniversary, rather the post was spontaneous and not pre-mediated,” said his solicitor, Mr O’Kane of Fahy and Co Solicitors in Omagh.

“Barry McElduff has cooperated fully with his party Sinn Fein, and police, in their investigations. He has resigned his seat for West Tyrone, and has no further comment to make until investigations are finalised.”

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