Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness today contrasted the actions of party leader Gerry Adams in apologising for an inappropriate comment and the DUP’s Gregory Campbell who insulted the Irish language community at the weekend.
Martin McGuinness said:
“Gerry Adams has clearly apologised for an inappropriate comment he made last night in an unscripted remark at a public meeting. That was entirely the right thing to do.
“In contrast Gregory Campbell repeated comments in a prepared speech at his party conference, which have caused deep offence to the Irish language community. This speech was carried in full on the DUP website with the offensive passage actually highlighted.
“I would like to know where the DUP leadership stands on this latest outburst by Gregory Campbell.
“Was Gregory Campbell speaking on behalf of the DUP when he made those offensive remarks or was he representing only his personal view?
“It’s important that the DUP leadership makes it clear that it will not condone anyone in their party attacking any community in this society.” ENDS/CRÍOCH