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Mid Ulster Council: Dungannon DUP adviser says he ‘will not apologize to GAA’ATN News

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At the monthly council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, Councilor Clement Cuthbertson was invited to apologize for a remark he made on social media in August, citing “the GAA continues to worship terrorists convicted of ‘controversy.” wrong”

His comments relate to the Francie Hughes Memorial Tournament for children seven and a half and under. The tournament was named after highly regarded former Coalisland president Na Fianna, who was named alongside the hungry IRA striker in 1981.

Dan Kerr and Torrent Council Member Malachi Quinn speak at the meeting. Talk about what they said was the pain and anger caused by the comments made in Colisland. and called on the DUP council members to apologize.

Clement Cuthbertson

UUP Council member Mark Glasgow also released a statement criticizing the tournament. but had previously retracted his words and apologized.

“On August 9, two union council members made a strange and embarrassing comment about my local GAA club,” Cllr Kerr said.

“It seems Councilor Cuthbertson’s obsession with attacking anything far from the Irish. make him a fool while another member of the union council Make a statement without checking the facts to try to make others see him as bad. Apparently, Cllr Cuthbertson spent all day scrolling social media looking for something to piss off.

“Our obsession with destroying our culture has led to Cllr Cuthbertson attacking Coalisland a few times now and I asked him to explain how this humiliating incident was allowed to happen and asked him to apologize to Coalisland. Na Fianna and the Hughes family and stop attacking my culture.”

SDLP’s head, councilor Malachy Quinn, told the council that the comments and the lack of an apology caused much anger in Coalisland, and said the remarks “Damage the council’s reputation”

Cllr Quinn said, “There is a lot of anger about these comments. and more for the fact that he hasn’t apologized to them yet,” said Cllr Quinn.

“He attacked the people who attended the event and the teams that participated. It wasn’t just one incident and I got a lot of phone calls expressing my anger that day.

“In my opinion It discredited the council. Since this is the council members attacking the local GAA work, simple research. Shows that it’s not what he claims. And I think it’s appropriate for the council members to apologize for those words.”

In response, Cllr Cuthbertson said he would not apologize and referenced an image from two years ago shared on social media that appeared to show people at Dungannon Thomas Carke’s GAC violating social distancing guidelines for the time being. and was accused of using sectarian language

“I will not apologize to the GAA. The GAA continually praises terrorists. It should have been in the last few years or 100 years ago,” Cllr Cuthbertson said.

“When we are talking about social media My feed is a memory of two years ago today when Thomas Clark fans and Thomas Clark shirtless citizens were in a video singing about racism and hate. woman There is still no apology for this.”

At this point, Cllr Corry told Cllr Cuthbertson, “we’re not here to beat organizations” and asked him to take care of it.

He told her he responded to the request and went on to say that the GAA had “many contests named after the IRA,” telling the room. “The list is continuous”

The chairman then told Cllr Cuthbertson that these issues had been raised earlier. So she will turn off his microphone. to which he asked if the room was not “Want to hear about the past and how the GAA has honored terrorists.”

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Council Chief Executive Adrian McCreesh intervened at this point, warning members that “The chairman’s trial is final.”

To quickly settle the conversation, Cllr Corry told Cllr Cuthbertson he had been invited to address the issue. “Obviously you wouldn’t do that. So I will go on,” the president said.

Adam Morton, Local Democracy Reporting Service

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