Northern Ireland

Time to move on - Paisley Jnr in west Belfast debate

Ian Paisley Jnr
Image caption Ian Paisley Junior was speaking at a debate in west Belfast

The DUP's Ian Paisley Junior has told a debate in west Belfast that it is time to move on from the past.

The MP for North Antrim was speaking at the West Belfast Talks Back debate on Wednesday.

Asked for his views on a truth commission to address the legacy of the Troubles, he said society could not afford to keep looking back.

"We can spend the rest of our lives doing this or we can collectively... take our country forward," he said.

He was responding to questions on the idea of setting up a truth commission to address the legacy of the Troubles.

"The people of this society have needs," he said.

"The people need jobs, they need opportunities, they need investment, they need this government to work for them.

"But we can go on talking about the past - we can go on doing that if we want.

"At the end of the discourse, there are going to be people who will not be satisfied, there are going to be people who will never be satisfied and we are not going to be any further forward."

Alliance MP Naomi Long, Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff and journalist Fintan O'Toole also took part in the debate.