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13.11.06
Mary McAleese visits Markethill

It is with deep regret that we did not know of the visit of the IRA apologist Mary McAleese to Markethill. This person also called the Protestant community Nazis and stated that Protestants filled their children with hate at their schools. In the first instance she has never properly apologised for these statements or given answer as to why she said these things.

FAIR has been inundated with calls from people in the local community who thought we were responsible for having her in the town. We want to reassure people that this visit had nothing to do with us and had we have known she was to visit earlier, we would have prepared a warm reception so that she knew what people in this area thought of her and her hate-filled views of Protestants.

We do not or do not claim to speak for everybody, but FAIR would like to reassure everyone in our organisation and further afield, that WE are not for sale and people who we invite to Markethill are not those that demonise our community, neither are they people who demonise our loved ones who died whilst serving our country against terrorist killers for over 35 years.

If some people are prepared to invite the like of Mary McAleese and people with her views, then maybe these people can justify this invitation to the people of the town, many of whom are dismayed at this visit.

 



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