Tuesday 22 August 2017

'It’s completely stupid... utter crap' - Stephen Rea doesn't hold back on Tory DUP deal

Robert Ballagh and Stephen Rea at the Kilkenny Arts Festival Launch at Roberta's. Picture: Pat Moore
Robert Ballagh and Stephen Rea at the Kilkenny Arts Festival Launch at Roberta's. Picture: Pat Moore
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Actor Stephen Rea has described the Democratic Unionist Party as "revolting people" and described the party’s possible partnership with the Conservatives as "completely stupid".

Rea, who was born in Northern Ireland, is sceptical of the minority Tory government looking for support from the DUP, claiming it is “just about numbers”.

“I don’t know why the DUP are going around crowing about their own importance – it’s only because the Conservative Party has imploded through their own stupidity. Who wants to be teamed with them?” he asked.

He added: “It’s completely stupid....[It] is utter crap.”

Rea was opposed to Brexit, but now believes it could result in a United Ireland. Although unionists parties still received the majority of votes in the last elections in Northern Ireland, he says that the majority voted in favour of staying in the EU.

Rea was formerly married to Dolours Price, the woman convicted of the 1973 IRA bombing of the Old Bailey.

She later accused Gerry Adams of being responsible for the abduction and murder of some of those the IRA considered to be informers.

Asked if he thought some of the British comments about the DUP had been unfairly critical, he replied; “They are revolting people.”

Rea was speaking at the launch of the Kilkenny Arts Festival. The theme of this year’s festival has evolved in response to recent global cultural, political and economic changes.

Director of the festival, Eugene Downes, said the festival will reflect and react to “Brexit, the new policies of the Trump administration, and the renewed energy for European integration.”

Rea will read Oscar Wilde’s famous De Profudunis letter which he wrote while incarcerated in Reading Jail.

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