Sinn Féin launched a billboard campaign in North Antrim yesterday to mark the final week of a petition that could unseat Ian Paisley.
The party unveiled a large advertisement in Ballycastle, stating: ‘Paisley out’. The petition opened last month. Centres in Ballymena, Ballymoney and Ballycastle will remain open until next Wednesday.
If 10 per cent of registered voters sign, Mr Paisley must resign and a by-election will be triggered. The first recall petition in UK parliamentary history was launched following the DUP MP’s suspension from the House of Commons.
Mr Paisley was suspended for 30 sitting days after he failed to declare two luxury family holidays to Sri Lanka, paid for by the country’s government. Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said: “We have been campaigning since the petition was launched and it is very clear that there is a huge deal of anger right across the constituency at both the DUP and Ian Paisley jnr. “However, it’s important that people turn that anger into action by signing the petition and ensuring there are real consequences for a lack of integrity in public office.”
With many thanks to: Suzanne McGonagle and The Irish News for the original story.