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Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew 'describes DUP's Gregory Campbell as "a b***ocks" at meeting'

Michelle Gildernew

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew has described the DUP's Gregory Campbell as "a b***ocks" during a meeting in Enniskillen in which party leader Gerry Adams also talked about "breaking the b******s", it has been reported.

The Impartial Reporter revealed today that Ms Gildernew made the comments about the DUP MP at a meeting on Monday night.

It's reported she said: "All Gregory has to do is be a b***ocks."

Her comments come after Mr Campbell was criticised for mocking the Irish language.

At the DUP's party conference, he reiterated comments previously made in the Assembly.

He said: "Curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer" - an apparent reference to the Irish phrase "go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comhairle" - thank you, Mr Speaker.

Comments made by Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew were made during the same meeting earlier this week in which Gerry Adams made controversial remarks.

Unionists warned that Gerry Adams's remarks over a republican "Trojan horse" approach to equality will haunt him for years.

The Sinn Fein president was backpedalling over controversial remarks about "breaking the b******s" which have prompted Northern Ireland's latest political crisis.

Mr Adams apologised for the comments made at a public meeting in Enniskillen on Monday, but Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said irreversible damage had already been done to community relations.

Following Ms Gildernew's comments, it was reported Gerry Adams said: "I don't feel as bad saying b******s now you've said b***ocks".

Mr Nesbitt said the remarks will "haunt" Mr Adams and his Sinn Fein colleagues, despite his retraction.

"He has taken what we all politically assumed was a core value and part of the vision for the future of a new Northern Ireland, namely equality, and he has turned it into a weapon," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"The next time a senior Sinn Fein member talks about equality the first image that springs to mind is going to be a Trojan horse. It is clear he views equality as merely a tactic.

"So what he has done is left unionism with no choice but to question the core values of Sinn Fein."

Commenting today, DUP MP Nigel Dodds said: "The truth about how Sinn Fein views the Democratic Unionist Party has been revealed.

"The Impartial Reporter has revealed two occasions from just one meeting where senior Sinn Fein members let the mask slip."

Belfast Telegraph