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DUP must apologise for Campbell comments on Irish - McCorley

6 November, 2014 - by Rosie McCorley

Sinn Féin MLA Rosie McCorley has said the DUP must apologise for the offence caused by Gregory Campbell's comments on the Irish language. 

Rosie McCorley was speaking after she raised Gregory Campbell’s comments in the Assembly this week at a meeting of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee this morning.  

The West Belfast MLA; 

"Gregory Campbell's grossly offensive comments on the Irish language when he used pigeon Irish in the Assembly on Monday have caused considerable anger throughout the Irish language community and beyond. 

"His refusal to apologise and his subsequent behaviour and attitude in subsequent media interviews have compounded the insult. 

"If Gregory Campbell himself has not the grace to apologise then the DUP should have the decency to come forward and apologise on his behalf and as a party for the offence his remarks have caused to a significant section of our community. 

"I raised this issue at a meeting of the culture committee today. I was told by the DUP chair of the committee that it was not the place to deal with it, despite the fact that DCAL funds several Irish language projects.

"It is not good enough for Gregory's party colleagues to hide on this issue. 

"Considerable offence has been caused and he needs to demonstrate that comments bordering on racism are not acceptable." 

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