PSNI to investigate ‘incitement to hatred’ claim over local UKIP Councillor’s comments
Newry and Mourne Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Ruane has confirmed that he has lodged a formal complaint with the PSNI in relation to comments made by UKIP Councillor, Henry Reilly at a recent full Council meeting.
The UKIP Councillor, commenting on the recent Pride Parade in Newry, allegedly demanded that in any future similar type event Newry and Mourne Council erect posters to warn all, especially young people, that such an event is taking place.
The UKIP Councillor also allegedly referred on three occasions to Sinn Féin elected representatives sitting in the Council Chamber and those they represent as “Republican scum”.
“The complaint I have lodged cites Part III of the Public Order (NI) Order 1987, which deals with actions or words which stir up hatred or fear” explained the Sinn Fein Council group leader.
He continued, “The language used by Henry Reilly was inflammatory and offensive. Many I have spoken to are disgusted by his comments and believe that by using the language he used, he has also proven himself unfit for elected office.”
Councillor Ruane stated that he expected the PSNI to investigate his complaint thoroughly.
“His hate motivated comments cannot go unchallenged. I would expect all who were present in the Chamber to cooperate fully with this police investigation. The Nick Griffins’ and the Henry Reillys’ of this world must be challenged wherever they bring their words of hatred and fear.”
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