Ireland will be united before there is a Tory government in Britain, it was claimed today.
Sinn Féin’s Arthur Morgan told the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body meeting in Wales that he was pessimistic about the Conservative Party’s chances in future general elections.
“We’ll have a united Ireland before the Conservatives get back into office in Britain,” he told the meeting.
Meanwhile, the 68 British and Irish parliamentarians heard that extremist elements in the DUP may be involved in the intimidation of a former loyalist councillor.
Harry Barnes, MP for North East Derbyshire, condemned a number of attacks on the home of former Ulster Democratic Party member and Lisburn councillor Davy Adams.
Mr Barnes told the meeting that it appeared that loyalists had targeted Mr Adams because of his independent stance.
“One of the serious crimes in some people’s eyes is that he became a member of the District Policing Partnership and furthered the cause of the Belfast Agreement,” he told the gathering in Chepstow, Wales.
Mr Barnes, who is president of the cross-party peace group, New Dialogue, said a severed pig’s head had been placed on the passenger seat of Mr Adams’ wife’s car, his dog had been killed and an attempt had been made to block the chimney of his home.
He said Mr Adams had suggested that extremist elements of the DUP were involved in the intimidation.
While Mr Barnes conceded that extremist elements could attach themselves to many bodies, he added: “These things have to be closely monitored."