Published Friday, 19 October 2012
BNP leader Nick Griffin attending the Ulster Covenant event at Stormont. (© Getty)
The English Euro MP made the remarks on the social networking site at the end of September, following a visit to Northern Ireland for the Ulster Covenant commemorations in Belfast.
In a tweet, Mr Griffin claimed his pictures of the parade had upset his "republican stalkers" and went on to refer to them as "Fenian b******s".
He was reported to the PSNI by SDLP Belfast City councillor Nicola Mallon, who lodged a formal complaint as she felt the tweet amounted to "incitement to hatred".
But in the online statement issued on Thursday night, Mr Griffin insisted he "meant no offence to Catholics or the Catholic religion" and that the comments were aimed at specific people he claimed were "insulting the parade, him and his wife".
According to the politician, the BNP is not anti-Catholic or anti-Irish.
Keep Ireland Irish. Keep Britain British. Eirinn go Brach and No Surrender!
Nick Griffin, BNP
"While we are staunch advocates of the Union and the right of Ulster's loyalists to maintain their unity with the rest of the United Kingdom and to celebrate their vibrant culture and their Protestant faith, we are most definitely not anti-Irish," Mr Griffin said.
"We urge the peoples of the island of Ireland to bury the old sectarian divisions, to recognise the existence, culture and value of both native traditions, and to work together to reverse the tidal wave of immigration that, unchecked, will make them all foreigners in their own land."
Mr Griffin tweeted a link to the statement just hours after courting more controversy by tweeting the address of a gay couple in England, who had just won a discrimination case against a B&B owner who refused to allow them to share a double room.
The BNP leader first asked Twitter users to supply the address, saying: "If anyone can give us address of the 2 bullying 'gay' activists who've won case v Christian B&B owners, we'll hold demo ..."
A further tweet added: "... for rights of all home owners, gays included, to rent or not rent rooms to whomsoever they wish."
The post which included Michael Black and John Morgan's address has since been removed, but it was followed with a message that they would be given "a bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple's home is their castle".
Cambridgeshire Police are watching the couple's home as they investigate the incident. Officers are also liaising with Dyfed-Powys Police, who cover the area where Mr Griffin lives.