10 January 2018
East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has called on Sinn Fein’s Mairtin O’Muilleoir to explain how the prolific user of social media apparently failed to see any of the outrage caused by Barry McElduff’s video throughout the time it was online. Having ‘liked’ the offensive post the South Belfast MLA claimed not to be aware of the offence it caused until after it was deleted.
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
The DUP MP further called on the Sinn Fein representative to explain how these actions fit with his previous comments about respect.
Mr Wilson said:
“Throughout last year, Sinn Fein members were piously lecturing unionists. There were few more vocal than Mairtin O’Muilleoir. At an Easter Rising commemoration Mr O’Muilleoir told us that “we want a progressive and inclusive Ireland. Republicans will be generous and imaginative.” Later in the year he told us “the DUP just don’t get it when it comes to equality, respect and integrity.”
The words of 2017 have given way to the actions of 2018 and it is very clear that it is Sinn Fein and Mairtin O’Muilleoir who “don’t get it”. Whilst the spotlight has rightly been on the disgraceful behaviour of Barry McElduff there has been less focus on the fact these actions were endorsed online by Mairtin O’Muilleor.
Every profile written about Mr O’Muilleoir mentions his prolific use of social media yet apparently it had to be pointed out to him that the taunting of victims was causing offence, and this only happened after the video was finally deleted. We are all asked to believe that he found the time to take 16,000 selfies whilst he was the Lord Mayor of Belfast, yet curiously took a holiday from social media immediately after giving his approval to the re-traumatisation of victims.
The self-proclaimed voice of ‘new Belfast’ has, like the rest of his colleagues, apparently lost his voice now in the hope the issue will be quickly forgotten. Perhaps Mairtin should explain whether taunting the victims of terrorism represents the kind of progressive and inclusive Ireland he previously talked about? Is the shameful response by Sinn Fein to these actions the “generous and imaginative” actions from republicans he so loudly proclaimed?”