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DUP man in 'Fenian carols' row

Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was given a letter which outlined complaints in the Stormont Assembly about "Fenian Christmas carols" being taught in State schools.

The document showed Dr Fitzgerald being asked to consider a response to the DUP's Roy Thompson who had raised the issue of so-called "Fenian carols" being taught to youngsters.

Mr Thompson cited a Christmas carol, which was of historic French origin, being sung by children from the Newtownabbey area which included references to Ava Maria.

Mr Thompson said families were outraged over the precise content of the carol.

There was no indication of what action, if any, the Taoiseach took over the matter.

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