Senior Conservative MP Simon Hoare has since deleted the publish on Twitter that stated: “Who knew William of Orange arrived in Ireland with hundreds of wooden pallets hence the traditional pallet burning fiesta began.”
The tweet was criticised by members of the loyalist group and was deleted quickly afterwards, earlier than Mr Hoare issued an apology.
He stated on Twitter: “Earlier I posted a Tweet which was by no means meant to trigger the offence it has to some in NI.
“I wish to say absolutely &unequivocally that I’m sorry. I meant solely to be humorous/tongue in cheek & I acquired it flawed.
“I hope my apology will be accepted. It is sincere & heartfelt.”
Earlier I posted a Tweet which was by no means meant to trigger the offence it has to some in NI. I wish to say absolutely & unequivocally that I’m sorry. I meant solely to be humorous/tongue in cheek & I acquired it flawed. I hope my apology will likely be accepted. It is honest & heartfelt
— Simon Hoare MP (@Simon4NDorset)
July 5, 2021
She tweeted: “Sincere and heartfelt ?? Well we will see if he can refrain from his regular snide remarks and obvious anti Unionist and loyalist views and his pandering to nationalists and the Irish Government. ”
Loyalist activist Jamie Bryson, who led the condemnation of Mr Hoare’s unique tweet, stated resigning from the committee can be “the appropriate course of action”.
But others criticised Mr Hoare for issuing the apology.
Days forward of the July eleventh bonfires, which precede the standard day of parades on July twelfth, to mark the anniversary of King William of Orange’s victory on the Battle of the Boyne, quite a lot of political posters, together with Sinn Fein, SDLP and Alliance materials, have been seen on some pyres.
Irish tricolours and EU flags have additionally been seen on some bonfires.
In one other tweet, Mr Hoare clarified this was the goal of his criticism.
He stated: “My point is the dangerously high pallet structures and risks they create to public health. There’s also no need to cover them with posters/images of political opponents. That’s plain divisive.”
Alliance Party chief Naomi Long is among the many politicians whose posters are on bonfires.
She tweeted: “I get trolled so much, falsely accused of hating loyalists and unionists. Nothing could possibly be farther from the reality. I’d like to know what these individuals make of loyalists burning my picture in an act of intimidation and blatant hatred.
“Burning people’s images isn’t culture, folks.”
Mr Beattie tweeted his opposition to the burning of election posters and flags on bonfires, describing it as “not an expression of unionist culture”, including: “It’s an expression of hate.” – PA