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McElduff hits out at media ‘double standards’

The controversial picture Barry McElduff tweeted with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head.

THE daughter of former West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff has again defended her father and accused unionists of manipulating the video which prompted his suspension from Sinn Féin and subsequent resignation from his elected role.

Last week, Niamh McElduff took to social media to respond to comments from the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Robin Swann who made a last-minute call for a unity candidate to oppose Sinn Féin in the forthcoming by-election on May 3.

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Mr Swann said he was still seeking to facilitate “a voice for victims’ in the election, despite nominations closing this week (Tuesday).

In a series of responses, Ms McElduff who is the current Tyrone Rose of Tralee also hit out at the media for their role forcing her father to resign for “something he didn’t do”.

McElduff stepped down in January after appearing to mock the victims of the Kingsmill massacre by placing a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head.

“I am done with political unionism pretending they act in the interest of innocent victims,” she said in response to Mr Swann.

“If you really cared for them you wouldn’t have deliberately manipulated and used them in creating a connection between a loaf of bread and a massacre in the first place.”

She made further reference to her father in respect of the controversial anti-Islamic post retweet by DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr.

“Thankfully, I think many people have come to see the bread situation for what it was. Resigned for something he did not do. Media must be held accountable for the way they have differentiated between these two incidents.”

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Her posts on Twitter provoked a raft of responses on the social media channel.

The DUP faced further embarrassment last week with another social media blunder, this time by MLA Maurice Bradley who retweeted a post about London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Both Mr Paisley and Mr

Bradley issued apologies.

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