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‘Elements of bigotry’ in DUP blocking progress, says Good

The Protestant clergyman who witnessed last year’s IRA decommissioning has said that the DUP’s opposition to sharing power with Sinn Fein is partly driven by ‘‘elements of bigotry’’, who do not want to compromise with republicans under any circumstan

9th December, 2006

The Rev Harold Good, a former president of the Methodist Church, was one of two independent clergy witnesses approved to witness IRA decommissioning in the absence of Ian Paisley’s demand for the act to be photographed in September 2005. Subsequently the DUP, who did not accept that full decommissioning took place, questioned Good’s integrity.

‘‘There is an element of bigotry within it [the opposition to power-sharing],” said Rev Good. ‘‘There are real...

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