Tuesday 23 January 2018

Northern Irish politician apologises for 'drop dead gorgeous' remark about tragic young woman

Ciara McGreevy died last month
Ciara McGreevy died last month
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A NORTHERN Irish politician has apologised after making a Facebook post about a recently-deceased young woman on her brother's page.

The DUP's Jim Wells apologised after making a post about Gaelic footballer Ciara McGreevy.

Ms McGreevy's body was found at her home in Warrenpoint, Co Down, on January 23.

She was a former gaelic footballer, talented musician and successful career woman. Her sudden death left family and friends devastated.

Mr Wells wrote on her brother Connaire McGreevy's Facebook timeline: "Who is that drop dead gorgeous young women (sic) on your Facebook site?

"Is she your daughter or a promotional model you have hired to advertise your company?"

Mr McGreevy, who had changed his profile picture to a photograph of his sister to mark one month since her death, replied: "Eh, Jim Wells, that is my sister who passed away a month today."

A friend of Mr McGreevy's added: "does that man not read papers?"

'Ciara was an incredible girl ... we could not imagine that something awful could happen to her' 

A DUP spokesperson told the Irish News: "Jim has known Connaire for a long time but was unaware that his sister had died.

"It was a light hearted comment and when Connaire called him to explain he apologised. He didn't want to cause any offence. It was certainly not what he set out to do."

Mr Wells has since deleted the post.

Belfast Telegraph

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