Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness has been branded a traitor by Dungiven Republican Sinn Fein for shaking hands with the Queen.
Michael McGonigle, spokesperson for the group, said last week’s historic handshake, which received global media coverage, served to “acknowledge the authority of the British Crown in this part of Ireland”.
Mr. McGonigle said he “denounced” the handshake which happened at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast; its image beamed around the world.
“That by joining in the celebrations for the 60-year reign of the English monarch, former antagonists had been compelled to fling away any remaining trace of political opposition and been seen to acknowledge the authority of the British Crown in this part of Ireland,” Mr. McGonigle said in a statement.
“These people are now to be found among the most vocal supporters of thre ‘Queen’s Peace’ while, for the past 500 years, and up to present day, various English sovereigns and their legal system have used the process of the law to their own political advantage.”
“As they toast the health of old Queen Bess they may well ponder on the situation where over the years they have become hopelessly and inevitably compromosed in the unionist political set up.”
Mr. McGonigle said as far as he was concerned, Mr. McGuinness was a “traitor” because “he shook the hand of the British Head of State who honoured the man who gave the orders for the Bloody Sunday massacre”.