The leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin has said the murder of David Black was reprehensible, when asked about his party colleague Eamon O’Cuiv’s comments on the prison officer’s murder.
Former Irish defence minister Eamon O’Cuiv last week said he was deeply sorry if his comments about the Cookstown man’s murder had caused offence.
Unionists had reacted with fury to the TD’s comment that the prison authorities’ treatment of dissident republican inmates was a contributory factor in the killing.
In an interview with political commentator Alex Kane in the News Letter, was asked: “Do you agree with what appeared to be his suggestion that there was a cause and effect dimension to the murder of David Black?
Mr Martin responded: “I went to the funeral of David Black to show my abhorrence at what had occurred. The responsibility for that lies solely with those who carried out the murder.
“There was absolutely no basis for it. There was no excuse for it. It’s reprehensible: and that’s my position and that’s the party’s position.
“I spoke to Eamon and he equally believes that those responsible are those who pulled the trigger and he condemns it unreservedly ... His sincerity is beyond question.”