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Politician is censured over Irish language comments


Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell

A SENIOR MLA was reprimanded in the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday over a parody of the Irish language.

The DUP's Gregory Campbell was banned from addressing the Assembly yesterday, even though he was not present and was in London.

He was censured by acting Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin after refusing to apologise for mocking the Irish language in a question to Arts Minister Caral Ni Chuilin.

Mr Campbell began his query on Monday saying "Curry my yoghurt, can coca coalyer", a parody of the Irish sentence "Go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comhairle", meaning "thank you, Speaker" in English.

Ms Ni Chuilin refused to answer his question. Sinn Fein has referred the remarks to the Human Rights Commission and Equality Commission. But Mr Campbell told the BBC: "I have nothing to apologise for and I won't be apologising."

Mr McLaughlin said the MP's conduct had fallen "well short of standards".

Irish Independent