Trade Unions demand end to pointless and backward violence

23 Jan 2017

The Trade Union Movement across Northern Ireland demand that those behind the reckless shooting of a police officer in north Belfast last night immediately cease their pointless and backward violence.

Speaking on behalf of the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU Assistant General Secretary Owen Reidy said:

“The ongoing campaign of violence by so-called dissidents has already inflicted damage on the local economy and the international image of Northern Ireland. It must also be noted that the main beneficiaries of this campaign are hardline opponents of the peace process who thrive on the instability created.

"This shooting of a public servant who was on the street serving the community was committed by people who claim to act for 'the people'. All that they ever do is intimidate and threaten 'the people'. They prey on the political instability of an election campaign. If they wish to add something positive to anything practical they should go to the people and let them decide at the ballot box."