Martin McGuinness's son condemns 'display of hate' after bonfire coffin stunt

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 12, 2017

His comments came after a black coffin daubed with the slogan "F*** the IRA" and adorned with an image of the former IRA commander turned Stormont deputy first minister was attached to a bonfire in east Belfast.

Sinn Féin national chairperson, Declan Kearney, called the display "a particularly sickening manifestation of hate".

"This is the action of hatemongers intent on indoctrinating bigotry and perpetuating sectarian divisions in our society".

"It is also grossly insulting to the McGuinness family which still mourns the loss of a much loved father, brother and grandfather".

Emmett McGuinness said he had been raised by his parents never to hate anyone or anything.

Ms O'Neill added: "There is also a responsibility on unionist political parties and the loyal orders to show some leadership on this issue and end this annual display of hate once and for all".

Bonfires will be lit in loyalist areas all over Northern Ireland tonight as the Twelfth of July marching season gets underway.

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Homes boarded up to protect them from the heat of the bonfires.

Like in previous years, election posters of Sinn Fein and other non-unionist politicians were placed on bonfires across the region ahead of the Eleventh Night loyalist celebrations.

In it, she addressed the issue of bonfires and said they had "long been part of the unionist culture".

Arlene Foster told those "waging campaign of demonisation" against bonfires to "dial down the rhetoric".

"They should be respectful of their neighbours".

"Tonight some of those bonfires that, maybe, are giving us concerns - our crews will be on the ground fighting in really punishing and hard conditions to prevent fire spreading to neighbouring properties". These should be events that all the family can enjoy.

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