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HATE CAN HURT Widower John McAreavey responds as revellers who sang sick Michaela murder song offer ‘unequivocal apology’

John McAreavey has responded to a sick song about his wife’s honeymoon murder.

The vile lyrics mocked the Co Tyrone newlywed’s brutal attack and her heartbroken husband John.

The song mentions Mrs. McAreavey being beaten in her hotel room.

Last week, a Facebook post showed men singing the song during Northern Ireland centenary celebrations in Co Down.

Some witnesses laughed, clapped, and banged tables as the sectarian singing ended.

“Michaela was a vessel of love, courage, and dignity,” said widower John McAreavey.

“Hate hurts, but never wins.”

Today, as two men apologized for their role, politicians across Ireland condemned their actions.

The Orange Order has opened an investigation into the “utterly abhorrent” event but has not confirmed if John Bell and Andrew McDade are members.

 

Widower John McAreavey responds as revellers who sang sick Michaela murder song offer ‘unequivocal apology’

 

Mrs. McAreavey, 27, was attacked and strangled on January 10, 2011, in Mauritius.

She had just been married 10 days when she interrupted a burglary before her husband’s return.

Mickey Harte’s daughter’s murder remains unsolved.

The video “appalled and horrified” by Taoiseach Micheal Martin.

He said, “It’s incomprehensible that people could behave that way and be indifferent to the family’s and community’s trauma.”

“It speaks to sectarianism, malice, and hate in society that needs to be dealt with, and those involved should apologize and reflect on that.

“It’s shocking and unfathomable.”

‘HATE HAS NO PLACE’

She had just been married 10 days when she interrupted a burglary before her husband’s return.

Mickey Harte’s daughter’s murder remains unsolved.

The video “appalled and horrified” by Taoiseach Micheal Martin.

He said, “It’s incomprehensible that people could behave that way and be indifferent to the family’s and community’s trauma.”

“It speaks to sectarianism, malice, and hate in society that needs to be dealt with, and those involved should apologize and reflect on that.

“It’s shocking and unfathomable.”

‘SICKENING AND DEEPLY HURTFUL’

Linfield said his “voluntary association with the club has been terminated”

It called the video “offensive, sickening, and deeply hurtful” and apologized to the Harte/McAreavey families.

Norman Emerson Group, which employs Mr. McDade, said a “full and thorough internal investigation” is underway.

Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland: “Their behavior and actions have no place in our society and don’t reflect our ethos.”

“The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland is investigating the incident, and any members found to be involved will face disciplinary action.”

VIDEO APOLOGY

Bell and McDade said they had no intention of sharing the footage, but “the relevant chants should never have been sung in public or private.”

“We apologize to the Harte and McAreavey families and to wider society for our actions, which, while fueled by alcohol, cannot be mitigated or excused in any way.

The two men apologized and admitted wrongdoing.

Several family members and friends have received online threats and abuse due to our actions, it said.

PLEA FOR PRIVACY

“This is unfair and unjustified; we’re responsible for our actions.

This behavior doesn’t reflect the Loyal Orders’ or the unionist and loyalist community’s values.

“While self-inflicted, this incident has had a significant impact on us, and we ask for privacy,” the men said.

Northern Ireland’s secretary of state called it “reprehensible.”

PSNI: “Police are aware of the online video and are examining it to determine if any crimes were committed.”

 

Widower John McAreavey responds as revellers who sang sick Michaela murder song offer ‘unequivocal apology’

 

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