A DUP MP has hit out at what he terms is the ‘old style Republican aggression’ in the new Mid Ulster council.
In a statement issued on the first day of the new authority which now covers Cookstown, Magherafelt and Dungannon, Gregory Campbell called for unionists to be vigilant.
“Politically, some nationalists have chosen to look back to unionist majority Councils and what they were supposed to have done some fifty or sixty years ago,” said the MP.
“Many unionists in what were (and are) nationalist/republican majority run Councils will be hoping that the much more recent days of nationalist triumphalism will not be repeated.
“The days of riding roughshod over the wishes of unionist minorities not only have to be over, must be seen to be over as well.”
He added: “Whether in areas like Londonderry, Fermanagh, Mid Ulster or Newry, already there are signs of old style Irish republican aggression on display. Vigilance as always must be the unionist watchword.”
The days of riding roughshod over the wishes of unionist minorities not only have to be over, must be seen to be over as well