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Boris Johnson calls London St Patrick's Day event 'Lefty Sinn Fein crap'
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|News Date||Sunday, February 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Outspoken London mayor Boris Johnson has described the city’s St Patrick’s Day gala dinner celebrations linking them to Sinn Fein and branding it "lefty crap". |
The Irish community demanded Mr Johnson apologise for his remarks, claiming they were “lazy and stupid”.
In an interview to the ‘New Statesman’ newspaper he said: “. . . And I'll tell you what makes me angry. . . spending £20,000 (€24,000) on a dinner at the Dorchester for Sinn Fein.” Irish community leader in London, Shelagh O'Connor, from Kerry, said Mr Johnson's comments were extremely disrespectful.
“They reflect an era that we thought had passed and an era when Irish people in London faced discrimination and were the butt of jokes. We deserve more respect. It makes me very angry and I feel Boris should apologise,” she said.
And Christine Quigley, who is a Labour candidate for the upcoming London Assembly elections and originally from Dublin, said the mayor's comments were baseless.
She said: “Boris’s lazy and stupid remark is utterly factually wrong. The fact is the annual St Patrick's Day event he refers to was a self-financing community event attended by a wide range of Irish actors and politicians from many parties, community figures and celebrities, including Bob Geldof, the Irish Ambassador, Dermot O'Leary, Richard Corrigan, and Pauline McLynn. It did not cost the taxpayer £20,000 and it was not a Sinn Fein event.”