Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 29 January 2015

BNP leader Nick Griffin faces police probe over 'fenian bastards' sectarian tweet during procession

BNP leader Nick Griffin
BNP leader Nick Griffin
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
The 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
Two female loyalists shout their approval as the 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
PUP leader Billy Hutchinson pictured at City Hall
The 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
The Ulster Covenant centenary parade makes its way up the Newtownards Road in east Belfast
A mock signing of the Ulster Covenant took place before the Commemorations at City Hall
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade passes St Patrick's Church in Belfast
Protesters pictured at Carrick Hill in north Belfast as the Ulster Covenant parade goes past
An Orange man pictured at the back of Carlisle Circus Orange Hall in north Belfast before the parade begins
The parade makes its way past Belfast City Hall
Members of the City Hall guard watch the parade
Members of the City Hall guard watch as the parade makes its way past
Thousands took part in commemorations in Belfast to mark 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
A mock signing took place before the commemorations at City Hall
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Women dressed in the Union flag colours near Orange Hall in Clifton Street, Belfast, ahead of the start of a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patricks church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patricks church where a small protest was held
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Sandy Row in south Belfast to marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade through Sandy Row in south Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
PUP leader Billy Hutchinson and Rev Quirey at the War memorial in Sandy Row on Saturday morning
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
A loyalist band marches past St Patrick's Church.
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The Ulster Covenant, first page signatures.
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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 27/9/1962
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Women of Ulster. A detachment of nurses, which includes many of the leading Ulster ladies of that period, all specially trained.
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.Inspection of the UVF nurses.
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.U.V.F. Dungannon 4th Battallion, Tyrone Regiment.
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Malone Park. 29/9/1962
Belfast Telegraph: Page Ones/SIGNING OF THE Ulster Covenant. ULSTER SCENES. 30/9/1912
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionDaily Sketch front page 1912Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionFawney Heroes BannerPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 29/9/1962
The Ulster Covenant Jubilee Commemoration Committee meet in Unionist Headquarters, Belfast. Presiding was Mr John Bryans, chairman and Grand Master of the Belfast County Grand Orange Lodge. Beside him are Mr H Radcliffe (right) and Mr RJ McMullan, general secretary. 8/9/1962
A section of the crowd at Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 2/10/1962
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations on Royal Avenue, Belfast. 29/9/1962
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall in 1912
Covenant day in Belfast 28/09/1912
convenant day northern ireland 28/09/1912
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Ulster Volunteer force being addressed by Edward Carson
Ulster’s working landscape has changed massively a century on from the days of the Ulster Covenant signed by Edward Carson

Police are investigating a complaint that controversial BNP leader Nick Griffin was responsible for “inciting hatred” after making a foul-mouthed sectarian remark about Catholics.

The far-right MEP described republicans as “fenian bastards" on Twitter, hours after a surprise appearance at Stormont.

A formal complaint was lodged with the PSNI by Belfast SDLP councillor Nichola Mallon on Sunday.

“His presence at Stormont was deeply unhelpful and should have been challenged. All Nick Griffin seeks to do is stir up discontent and sectarianism in Northern Ireland, and that is the last thing we need,” she said.

A PSNI spokeswoman confirmed: “Police have received a complaint regarding the matter and are investigating.”

Griffin, however, defending using the insulting term, said: “It wasn't about Catholics, it was about the operatives of the republican grievance exploitation machine who were leaving foul-mouthed tweets on my Twitter feed.

“It was about them specifically. They're the ones I had a go at.”

Griffin was spotted handing out leaflets at Stormont. He later posted a series of photographs of the event on his Twitter account.

In one message, he referred to Lambeg drums, adding that they were “banned in some places to appease Republican bigots”.

When challenged by followers, Griffin was defiant. “So Ulster pics have upset my Republican stalkers. Tell you what, the bodran can't match the lambeg, you fenian bastards,” he wrote.

DUP councillor and Orangeman Christopher Stalford said: “One knuckle-dragging MEP turning up does not mar the whole day. I just think it's sad that it has received the attention it has.”

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