Mairtin O Muilleoir breaks silence over Barry McElduff Kingsmill retweet
Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir has broken his silence over his retweet of Barry McElduff's career-ending Kingsmill bread Twitter video.
There was outrage after West Tyrone MP Mr McElduff tweeted a video of a loaf of bread on his head on the day of the Kingsmill massacre.
Mr McElduff apologised saying he did not realise the significance of the date and he did not mean to cause offence. He was suspended by his party and later resigned his Westminster seat.
Mr O Muilleoir also faced a barrage of criticism for retweeting the offending video to his 32,000 followers and was warned about his social media use by his party. He also apologised.
However, the normally media-friendly politician has been unusually quiet over recent weeks.
On Thursday he spoke to the BBC's Stephen Walker at an event at Stormont calling for an Irish language act.
He said the retweet was a mistake and he would not have promoted it had he realised the connection to the 1976 sectarian killing of 10 protestant workmen.
"Wholly innocent tweet in my view. I thought it was wholly apolitical," he said.
Also @newbelfast says “ I would not have tweeted in any other basis and I apologised at the time “— Stephen Walker (@StepWalkTV) February 1, 2018
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