Ian Paisley makes statement after Van Morrison attack on North’s Health Minister

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DUP MP Ian Paisley has stated he doesn’t consider the North’s Well being Minister Robin Swann is harmful.

Mr Paisley made an announcement on Friday night after he was criticised for becoming a member of Van Morrison as he made a verbal assault on Mr Swann following the final minute cancellation of a stay gig in Belfast.

It was branded by Mr Swann’s Ulster Unionist Celebration chief Doug Beattie as “disgusting”.

Van Morrison has been vital of lockdown restrictions. Photograph: David Jensen/PA

In an announcement on Friday night, Mr Paisley urged that what occurred is just not “blown out of all proportion”.

“Last night’s event was very sad for the live music industry. I was put on the spot and called to the stage and tried to bring matters to a close by referencing some of Van’s music. What was parody, comedy, banter and sarcasm should not be blown out of all proportion,” he stated.

“I definitely don’t consider Robin is harmful. I feel the parody and sarcasm of that remark is clear! Bear in mind final 12 months the Division of Well being labelled a track harmful and I feel Van is entitled to parody that. There’s a stability in all of those issues and at occasions we get them proper and at occasions flawed.

“We are all entitled to our own views on how the lockdown has been managed. I’m sure some will take offence – as with all things – but none was intended on my part.”

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Mr Morrison was joined by Mr Paisley on the Europa Lodge in Belfast as he criticised Mr Swann following the late cancellation of concert events this week.

Well being Minister Robin Swann. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

4 gigs scheduled by the musician on the resort have been cancelled on the final second on Thursday as a result of stay music continues to be not permitted beneath Covid restrictions.

The administration of the resort blamed confusion by Stormont ministers for the late discover, believing they’d been given the inexperienced mild to proceed.

The occasion went forward as a dinner earlier than a video of a earlier gig by the Belfast singer-songwriter was performed.

Mr Morrison, an outspoken critic of Covid restrictions, took to the stage the place he addressed the viewers of 140 and claimed that Mr Swann had known as him “dangerous” throughout an interview with Rolling Stone journal.

Footage of the occasion on the Europa on Thursday night time reveals Mr Morrison saying “Robin Swann has got all the power, he is keeping us in this over 15 months” earlier than repeatedly chanting “Robin Swann is very dangerous!”.

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The footage then reveals him inviting Mr Paisley on to the stage the place they continued the mantra.

Mr Morrison then says: “This stops when we say ‘no’.”

Mr Beattie stated: “Having watched the video of Ian Paisley and Van Morrison’s antics on the stage of the Europa Lodge in Belfast, I’m completely disgusted by what I noticed.

Doug Beattie stated the criticism of Robin Swann was ‘disgusting’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

“They need to be ashamed of themselves. Two grown males who ought to know higher, partaking in a really private assault on Northern Eire’s Well being Minister.

“Right here we have now Ian Paisley and Van Morrison standing on stage with their arms round one another, saying that the Well being Minister is ‘very dangerous’.

“This is wrong on so many levels where you have people in the public eye making comments which could incite others.”

Mr Beattie challenged DUP chief Edwin Poots to sentence the remarks.

He stated: “I have questions for Edwin Poots – does he agree with Ian Paisley’s vile comments? Is that a position Edwin Poots wants to align the DUP with?”

SDLP chief Colum Eastwood stated: “Van Morrison and Ian Paisley’s duet at the Europa Hotel was, frankly, embarrassing.”

Following a gathering of the British Irish Council in Fermanagh, Northern Eire’s First Minister and deputy First Minister have been requested about feedback made by Mr Paisley.

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Following the cancellation of the Europa concert events, Mr Paisley had stated the Stormont Govt couldn’t “run a bath”.

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill responded: “We all know it has been a very tough time for musicians and artists, for 16 months they haven’t been in a position to work. Many are struggling financially and we remorse that that has been the case however this has been a very difficult time coping with the pandemic.

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

“We aren’t there but when it comes to stay music however we have been in a position to announce that from June twenty first, that’s the date we hope we will return to stay music.

“I note the criticisms, I note the commentary from one MP, but it might be OK for him to consider his night out but we have to consider protecting the public and safeguarding against the concerns that we have.”

Outgoing First Minister and former DUP chief Arlene Foster stated: “It is not surprising, that particular individual has always taken a very critical approach to the Executive and our decisions around Covid-19, he will probably continue in that role.”