Derry councillor needs Scot 'subtitled'

Published Friday, 01 March 2013
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An SDLP councillor has hit out at one of his Sinn Féin counterparts, in a row over arts funding in Londonderry - insisting he needs subtitles to understand the Scotsman's accent.

Derry councillor needs Scot 'subtitled'
Derry~Londonderry is the 2013 City of Culture. (© Pacemaker)

The SDLP's Jimmy Carr, who represents the Shantallow area on Derry City Council, made the comments about Sinn Féin's Eric McGinley on Facebook.

The row developed after the SDLP backed awarding a £200,000 grant to the Bogside Artists, for the restoration of their famous murals, but were blocked by Sinn Féin who backed a grant of £45,000.

"The history of derry according to Sinn Fein. And what makes it all the more sickening is the shinner who put forward the proposal to block is a Scotch man!" Mr Carr later posted on Facebook.

"Subtitles needed!"

He is representing Derry and he is not from this city. I genuinely don't understand a word of what he says.

Jimmy Carr, SDLP

In a statement, Sinn Féin's group leader on Derry City Council, Paul Fleming, said that he thought people would be shocked by the comments.

"What is this saying to all nationalities who wish to visit Derry, work here, set up home here - or indeed take on the role of an elected representative?" he added.

While Mr Carr initially insisted that he was standing by the comments and didn't intend to withdraw them, the SDLP councillor has since apologised and expressed regret for not retracting the remarks.

"As well as offering my apology to Cllr McGinley, I also want to apologise to all my party colleagues and members for expressing myself in such terms that failed to represent the SDLP's ethic of inclusion and respect for diversity," he said.

"I respect the valuable contribution that many people who are originally from outside Derry make in so many ways to the life of this city.

"I should not have allowed any frustration in the Council Chamber or in the media to come over as prejudiced or insensitive in any way."

Mr Carr added: "I hope that Cllr McGinley, my own party and the Derry public whom I am proud to serve will accept this reflective retraction as a truer measure of my nature than the rash words or defensive outbursts which caused the offence which I recognise and want to repair."

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7 Comments
Jimbo in Derry wrote (514 days ago):
Resign bigot
Rory in Dublin wrote (515 days ago):
Legend
stevie in Derry City wrote (515 days ago):
Eh! What! Ah here we go again.. more in house bickering.. Who is Cllr McGinley.. what does he do ?... does he bring jobs to this city ?.. Who is Jimmy Carr ?.. Does he bring jobs to this city... answer to both questions to the people of Derry City... Who are you... What do you do ?.. apart from slag each other off, you forget your in office for a reason.. to better this city.. if you both can't do that then you both should not be in office.. why do Bogside Artist's need £45.000 or £20.000 pounds for that matter ?... Are you going to give them the money from your back pocket that the Derry tax payers have put into your wallet's or are you going to give them the money from the Derry City tax payer.. there's two pound shop's in Waterloo place that sell paint brushes and you can buy set's in there and they sell turp's as well to clean them when they've finished painting... i think they've just about covered every gable wall in the bogside so whats the money for.. answer that question...
Gerry in Belfast wrote (515 days ago):
As a life long sinn fein voter, i would not like to think that anyone would be calling for this man to lose his job. He expressed a view for which he has been taken to task and eventually realised his error and apologised. Let that be an end to it. This continual over reaction these days in asking for someone to lose their job over an error is wrong
kathy in magherafelt wrote (515 days ago):
It would be a very rare thing to agree with sinn fein, but councillor Carr's comments were outrageous and I hope he does loose his job
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