The Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) has accused Sinn Féin of 'felon-setting' after Councillor Paul Fleming said the INLA were behind a spate of paramilitary-style shootings in Derry.
At Derry City and Strabane District Council's monthly meeting on Thursday, Colr. Fleming said: "Communities aren't stupid. They know that recent shootings have been carried out by the INLA in pursuit of criminality and the extortion of local businesses."
The IRSP have called on Colr. Fleming to provide evidence or withdraw his comments.
A spokesperson said: “Paul Fleming’s comments are nothing more than felon- setting.
"He has openly admitted that the source for his information is from the PSNI."
The IRSP refuted all of Colr. Fleming claims stating: "He claimed that the INLA were involved in extortion of local businesses. We as a party have not been approached by anyone operating a business with allegations of this nature and if anyone has concerns they should approach the IRSP."
The party also accused Sinn Féin of hypocrisy citing the party's silence during the IRA's decades long perpetration of punishment attacks from the 1970s onwards.
More on this story later.