In response to a motion put forward to MUDC on the 18/12/14 by UUP Councillor Mulligan, Sinn Féin’s Group Leader Ronan McGinley responded in the chamber with the following comments:
“Go raibh maith agat chair.
I suppose the best place to start is to express my disappointment at this motion. Its inaccurate and taken out of context.
It was acknowledged that the language used was inappropriate immediately through a number of different platforms and clearly clarified that it was not directed at unionists. I would encourage Cllr Mulligan to look these statements up and read them in full.
I would like to know why Cllr Mulligan has not noted with concern statements which in my understanding have yet to be retracted, such as the one made in 2011 by Tom Elliott, while he was UUP leader, referring to Sinn Fein as “Scum”. I would also like to hear opinions on the shameful comments of Gregory Campbell in relation to the Irish Language, comments that are treated with disgust by the majority of people, yet he still remains unashamedly proud of.
In relation to comments of equality, again, Cllr Mulligan has taken something out of context and presented it to this chamber as something else.
I support the thrust of what Gerry Adams articulated that night as it was not directed at unionists. Speaking as an Irish Republican, Cllr Mulligan can be assured that I endorse the principle of a mutually respectful, shared future. Sinn Féin endorses this principle, as does Gerry Adams.
There are some people that should fear equality. The bigots, misogynists, homophobes and racist should be afraid, as equality makes their way of life cease. Society is waking up to injustices being inflicted by a minority of people and it is right that equality brings it to an end.
If Cllr Mulligan is serious about endorsing the principle of a mutually respectful, shared future, then I assume he endorses this principle of equality also.
Before bringing a motion to council again, I would encourage Cllr Mulligan to ensure that it is in context, and accurate.