Ulster Federal leader Doug Petty described the on-stage attack on the Northern Ireland Health Minister by Sir Van Morrison and a Member of Parliament for the Federal Democratic Party as “disgusting.”
Join Van Ian Paisley at the Europa Hotel as he criticizes Robin Swann after the late cancellation of concerts in Belfast this week.
Four concerts of the musician at the hotel were canceled late Thursday because live music is not yet allowed under Covid restrictions.
Hotel management blamed Stormont ministers’ confusion for the late notification, believing they had a green light to move forward.
The event was held as dinner before playing a video of an earlier song by the Belfast singer-songwriter.
Sir Fan, an outspoken critic of Covid restrictions, took the stage when addressing the audience of 140 and claimed that Swan called him “dangerous” during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Footage from the event in Europe on Thursday night shows Sir Phan saying, “Robin Swan has all the power, and he’s kept us at this for over 15 months” before repeatedly saying “Robin Swan is very dangerous!” .
He then appears in the pictures as he invites DUP representative Ian Paisley to the stage where they continue to sing.
Then Sir Van says, “It stops when we say ‘no’.”
Swan Party Chairman Doug Petty said: “Having seen the video of Ian Beasley and Van Morrison’s behavior on stage at the Hotel Europe in Belfast, I am disgusted by what I saw.
They should be ashamed of themselves. Two grown men who should know him better have been involved in a very personal attack on the Northern Ireland Minister of Health.
“Here we have Ian Beasley and Van Morrison standing on stage holding each other, saying that the health secretary is’ very dangerous.
“This is wrong on so many levels that there are people in the public eye making comments that could incite others.”
Petty has challenged Edwin Potts, leader of the DUP, in condemning the comments.
He said: “I have questions for Edwin Potts, do you agree with Ian Paisley’s vile comments? Is this a position Edwin Potts wants to align the Democratic Union with? “
“The duo of Van Morrison and Ian Beasley at the Hotel Europa was, frankly, disgraceful,” said Social Democratic leader Colom Eastwood.
Following the meeting of the Irish British Council in Fermanagh, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister of Northern Ireland were asked about Mr Beasley’s comments.
After the Europe concerts were canceled, Beasley said that Stormont management couldn’t “get a bathroom running.”
Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill responded: “We know that it has been a really difficult time for musicians and artists, for 16 months they have not been able to work. Many people are struggling financially and we are sorry. but this has been a really difficult time to deal with the pandemic. “
“We are not there yet in terms of live music, but we have been able to announce that as of June 21, that is the date we hope to be able to return to live music.
“I notice the criticism, I notice the comment of one of the deputies, but it might be good for him to think about his night, but we should think about protecting the public and protecting ourselves from the concerns we have.”
Outgoing Prime Minister and former DUP Leader Arlene Foster said: “It is not surprising that this particular individual has always taken such a critical approach to the executive branch and our decisions on Covid-19, and is likely to continue in that role. ”.
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