Two men apologize for mocking murder of Northern Irish teacher | Northern Ireland

Two men have apologized for their involvement in a social media video of a group that appears to be mocking the murder of a Northern Ireland teacher during her honeymoon.

Filmed in a room decorated with union flags and Orange Order paintings, the video shows people singing about the 2011 murder in Mauritius of Michaela McAreavey, an Irish teacher and daughter of Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte.

It has drawn condemnation from across the political spectrum, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said it is investigating.

In a statement from the PA news agency, John Bell and Andrew McDade said their part in the video was a matter of “deep shame and regret”.

They said: “We offer our sincere and deepest apologies to the Harte and McAreavey families, and even wider society for our actions, which, while fueled by alcohol, cannot be mitigated or excused in any form. Our apology is unequivocal and our acceptance of wrongdoing is absolute.”

They described the chant as “offensive, despicable and utterly repulsive” and said the video did not reflect who they are or “the values ​​of the loyal orders and the wider union and loyalist community”. They said friends and family were victims of online threats and abuse as a result of their “unacceptable actions”.

McAreavey, 27, was strangled in her room at the Legends hotel in Mauritius after returning to the room alone and disrupting a break-in, 10 days after marrying her partner John. No one has been convicted of her murder.

The PSNI said it is aware of the video and “is investigating its contents to determine whether any criminal offenses may have been committed”.

The Orange Order called the clip “utterly abhorrent” and said it had launched its own investigation, which would lead to disciplinary proceedings against all members allegedly involved. A spokesperson for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said: “The behavior of those involved and their actions have no place in our society and certainly do not reflect the ethos of our organisation.”

Linfield FC said his contract had been terminated with immediate effect from a volunteer girls’ academy coach allegedly involved in the video. The club described the video as “offensive, nauseating and deeply hurtful” and apologized to the Harte and McAreavey families.

Construction company Norman Emerson Group said it is investigating an employee’s alleged involvement.

Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said: “Hatred and sectarianism have no place in our society. People deserve better. Love over hate will always win.”

The DUP leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, called the video “bad”, while the Ulster Unionist leader, Doug Beattie, said it was “absolutely abhorrent, disgusting and shameful”.

The SDLP MLA Justin McNulty wrote on social media: “Pumping fists, banging on the table, clapping, laughing, whooping – sing a song about the shocking murder of one of the most beautiful people you could ever meet. It’s so sick and embarrassing.”

Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said the video was “incomprehensible”, adding: “I think it speaks to a sectarianism and the level of malice and hatred in society that needs to be addressed.”

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