Mid Ulster Council: Dungannon DUP councillor states he ‘will not apologise to GAA’

At council’s every month assembly on Thursday, September 22, Councillor Clement Cuthbertson was invited to apologise for remarks he created on social media in August boasting “the GAA however idolises convicted terrorists”.

His feedback were produced in relation to the Francie Hughes Memorial Match for children aged seven and a 50 % and below. The event is named immediately after the highly regarded former chairman of Coalisland Na Fianna who shares his identify with a 1981 IRA hunger striker.

Talking at the conference, Torrent councillors Dan Kerr and Malachy Quinn conveyed what they reported was the hurt and anger the reviews had induced in Coalisland and identified as on the DUP councillor to apologise.

Clement Cuthbertson

UUP Councillor Mark Glasgow also issued a statement criticizing the match but has beforehand withdrawn his remarks and apologised.

“On August 9, two unionist councillors produced outlandish and embarrassing remarks about my area GAA club,” explained Cllr Kerr.

“It appears that Councillor Cuthbertson’s obsession with attacking everything remotely Irish has led to him building a idiot of himself although a further Unionist councillor, with out point checking, released statements to attempt to be seen outdoing him. Cllr Cuthbertson certainly spends his days scrolling social media seeking for a little something to be angry about.

“This obsession with demonising our tradition has led to Cllr Cuthbertson attacking Coalisland a few moments now and I call upon him to to clarify how this uncomfortable episode was authorized to take place and ask him to apologise to Coalisland Na Fianna and the Hughes household and halt attacking my culture.”

SDLP team chief, Councillor Malachy Quinn informed the chamber the responses and lack of an apology experienced caused a good deal of anger in Coalisland and stated the remarks “brought the council into disrepute”.

“There was a good deal of anger in relation to these reviews and much more for the actuality he has however to apologise for them,” claimed Cllr Quinn.

“He attacked persons that had been attending the function and the groups that were being taking element, it was not just just one isolated event and I acquired a good deal of calls expressing anger that day.

“In my view, it brought the council into disrepute as this is a councillor attacking a local GAA party. Very simple study would have shown it was not what he was boasting and I assume it would be suitable for the councillor to apologise for individuals remarks.”

In reaction, Cllr Cuthbertson claimed he would not be apologising and referenced footage from two yrs in the past, shared on social media, which appeared to demonstrate individuals in Dungannon Thomas Carke’s GAC tops flouting social distancing guidelines in location at the time and allegedly working with sectarian language.

“I will not be apologizing to the GAA. The GAA constantly idolise terrorists, ought to that be in new a long time, or 100 several years ago,” said Cllr Cuthbertson.

“Just when we are conversing about social media, my feed arrived up with a memory from two decades in the past nowadays where Thomas Clarke enthusiasts, and associates of the public sporting Thomas Clarke shirts, ended up on video singing a sectarian, misogynistic music. There has still be no apology for this.”

At this level Cllr Corry instructed Cllr Cuthbertson that “we are not here to bash organisations” and questioned him to tackle the matter at hand.

He informed her he was responding as asked for and went on to say the GAA has “many tournaments named immediately after the IRA” telling the chamber “the listing is continual”.

The Chair then told Cllr Cuthbertson these issues had been elevated formerly so she would be turning off his microphone to which he asked if the chamber isn’t going to “want to hear about the previous and how the GAA idolises terrorists”.

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Council’s main government, Adrian McCreesh interjected at this stage reminding members “the ruling of the Chair is final”.

Bringing the discussion to a swift stop, Cllr Corry told Cllr Cuthbertson he had been invited to address the difficulty at hand. “You are obviously not going to do so, so I am going to move on,” explained the Chair.

Adam Morton , Regional Democracy Reporting Provider

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