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Molloy’s Linfield remarks slammed

By Patrice Dougan

A senior Sinn Fein member has been criticised over remarks he made about Linfield manager David Jeffrey.



Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott has written a formal letter of complaint against comments made by deputy speaker Francie Molloy.

The Community Relations Council was making a presentation to a Stormont committee on Thursday when Mr Molloy made an allegation against Mr Jeffrey.

Mr Molloy told the Stormont committee on Wednesday that when Mr Jeffrey saw him and colleague Barry McElduff in a restaurant last year, he walked out.

Mr Molloy made his remarks during a Community Relations Council presentation to the committee. Mr Elliott asked him to stop and when he continued, suspended the meeting.

“I think it's Bill Jeffries (sic) you call the man that runs Linfield,” Mr Molloy said.

“I was sitting in a restaurant last year along with Barry McElduff and that particular gentleman came into it and had ordered his food and ordered his drink and walked out of it because of the two Sinn Fein members sitting in the restaurant.”

The UUP leader has now written a letter of complaint to speaker William Hay.

Mr Elliott said Mr Molloy would now be “a most unsuitable choice” for the post of principal deputy speaker, a position which is due to be created following an agreement between Sinn Fein and the DUP.

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