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Robinson apology the right thing to do – McGuinness

3 June, 2014 - by Martin McGuinness

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has welcomed Peter Robinson's public apology to the Muslim community.

Speaking after First Minister Peter Robinson met with representatives of the Muslim community at the Belfast Islamic Centre tonight, Mr McGuinness said;

 "The visit by Peter Robinson to the Belfast Islamic Centre and the public apology he made there was the right thing to do.

 "There is an onus on all of us in positions of political leadership to represent everyone in our society.

 "That involves promoting equality, mutual respect and tolerance and standing up for all communities.  Those are the key principles of the Good Friday Agreement.

"It also demands that we stand up to racism wherever and how ever it is manifested. I would now urge Pastor McConnell to take a lead from the First Minister on this and publicly withdraw his damaging and insulting comments.

 "Our society has been enriched by the significant contributions made by the social, cultural and religious diversity of all the communities who have made their home here, including the Muslim community.  

 "As a society we need to face down racism and ensure racial equality, tolerance and respect for all.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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