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Audio: Church minister's comments about hair dye in bombs reignites Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill's 'blonde' row

A Church of Ireland minister has become embroiled in the 'blondegate' political row between the DUP and Sinn Fein after comments made at a public meeting.

Rev Mark Watson, the rector of Trory and Killadeas in Fermanagh, sparked a backlash after comments he made in Enniskillen Orange hall on Saturday at an event supporting the re-election of Ulster Unionist MP Tom Elliott.

DUP leader Arlene Foster was also in attendance, although Mr Elliott had yet to arrive.

Mrs Foster caused controversy when she referred to Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill as "blonde", although she insisted it was meant as a compliment.

Rev Watson was quoted in the Impartial Reporter as saying: "Our friend the First Minister mentioned the blondes, I am glad they are blondes because it means the hydrogen peroxide that's dying the hair isn't going into creamery cans to make explosives."

He then joked: "I hope there are no Press about or I've just lost my job."

Courtesy of The Impartial Reporter

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