Sinn Féin spokesperson and Irish Language enthusiast Gearóid Ó hEára has called on Unionist political leaders to unequivocally disassociate their parties from what he has described as “the repugnant attitude towards the Irish language displayed by Gregory Campbell.”
Mr Ó hÉara, who is running as a candidate in the Westminster election in Foyle next year, said: “Gregory Campbell’s personal attitude to all things Irish and particularly to our native language is well known.
“But when delivering his latest diatribe he claimed to be speaking on behalf of the DUP party.
“It is therefore incumbent on DUP leader Peter Robinson to clarify if Mr Campbell was indeed speaking with the authourity of and on behalf of the Party.”
Mr Ó hÉara went on to say that his recent “curry my yogurt can coca coal yer” comments at the Assembly - an apparent parody of “Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle” - were unacceptable.
“If Mr Campbell had made such disparaging comments about any other language or section of society he would be rightly investigated for incitement to hatred,” said Mr Ó hÉara.
He added: “The silence of other political leaders on this issue would seem to infer an ambivalent attitude to the denigration of Irishness on their behalf.
“It’s time that they too confronted this type of sectarianism.”