Rabbitte ridicules SF suspensions

Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte has ridiculed Sinn Féin's decision to suspend seven of its members amid allegations that were involved in the murder of Belfast man Robert McCartney.

Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte has ridiculed Sinn Féin's decision to suspend seven of its members amid allegations that were involved in the murder of Belfast man Robert McCartney.

Mr Rabbitte said the party was only taking action now to save face after realising the extent of the anti-republican backlash that the murder has caused.

The suspensions were announced last night by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who said the seven party members were named on a list he received from the McCartney family of those allegedly involved in the January 30 murder.

"I just can't believe that Mr Adams had to wait until he got a list of names from the McCartney sisters before he knew who was involved," Mr Rabbitte said today.

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