David McNarry MLA, UKIP’s leader in Northern Ireland, has said that it is inexcusable if Belfast has been left out of Cobra meetings, especially if Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was linked to the Cobra meeting by a conference call.
“I understand that Cobra has met on two occasions without a single Northern Ireland Minister involved. Earlier, I called for David Ford to give assurances on security following the Paris carnage. I expected him to have kept the First Minister fully appraised through either himself or the Chief Constable. If this is true, and Northern Ireland has been excluded from Cobra then I am very annoyed. This would mean that all the other principal cities in the UK – London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff are in receipt of security briefings while Belfast is not.”
“I call once again as a matter of urgency for assurances that we are in the loop and that our security is not under threat from an IS attack, as witnessed in Paris with such tragic consequences.”