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Irish language row: Ulster Scots Centre opening attendees 'embarrassed' by DUP MP Gregory Campbell's 'curry my yoghurt' comments

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin - who officially opened the new Discover Ulster-Scots Centre in Belfast - has said that some people attending the event told her they were 'embarrassed' by DUP MP Gregory Campbell's derisory comments about the Irish language.

The Sinn Fein minister was attending the occasion days after Mr Campbell repeated his 'curry my yoghurt' comments in a speech at the DUP annual conference.

Speaking at the official opening, the minister said: "I have always had the utmost respect for the Ulster-Scots community - but I have never pretended that there are difficulties because of where we come from, historically and politically.

"But regardless of that, at the very, very least we owe each other respect. I always treat people how they treat me - and I've been treated with the utmost respect here.

"A lot of people have actually come up to me and said that they are actually embarrassed by Gregory's comments - and I am glad to hear that."

Asked what she felt about the atmosphere at the event - with several DUP MLAs in attendance, she said: "The atmosphere is what it is. We are cordial with each other. We are here at a public event. We need to behave ourselves."

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds, who also attended the event, said he felt it was important that the Culture Minister was represented at the event due to the funding that had been made available through that department.

"I think the issue about languages and culture is one of mutual respect," he added.

Belfast Telegraph