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McCallion calls on Foster to withdraw sexist and disparaging remarks

14 May, 2017 - by Elisha McCallion


Sinn Fein MLA Elisha McCallion has called on DUP leader Arlene Foster to withdraw sexist and disparaging remarks made about Michelle O'Neill in a Sunday newspaper.

Elisha McCallion said:

"The sexist and disparaging remarks made by Arlene Foster in relation to Michelle O'Neill are nothing short of disgraceful. 

"It is totally unacceptable in the 21st Century for a political leader to characterise another political leader based on the colour of their hair. 

"The irony of talking about sexism and misogyny appears to be totally lost on Arlene Foster when she makes such remarks about others. 

"For Arlene Foster to talk in such a disparaging manner about someone she supposedly wants to share power with once again highlights the DUP's lack of acceptance of the principles of equality, integrity and respect. 

"It is also clear that she is still in denial about her own disastrous failures as architect of the RHI scheme, its potential to take almost £500m out of public services and the damage RHI and other financial scandals associated with the DUP did to public confidence in the political institutions.

"Arlene Foster and the DUP need to immediately withdraw these offensive remarks which do a disservice to women in politics and to equality and respect."

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