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Two men apologise for involvement in ‘vile’ video mocking McAreavey murder

Two men have apologised for their involvement in a video showing to indicate a bunch of individuals mocking the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

The video, which emerged on social media on Friday, has prompted outcry in Northern Ireland and past, in addition to throughout the political spectrum.

Politicians united to sentence the video, whereas the Orange Order mentioned an inquiry had begun and known as the clip “utterly abhorrent”.

In an announcement issued by way of the PA information company, two of the folks concerned, John Bell and Andrew McDade, provided an apology for their actions.



Our actions which while fuelled by alcohol, can neither be mitigated or excused in any form or kind. Our apology is unequivocal, and our acceptance of wrongdoing is absolute

John Bell and Andrew McDade

Calling it a matter of “deep shame and regret”, the 2 men have promised to write down a proper letter of apology to the Harte and McAreavey households and to make a donation to a charity of their alternative.

Mrs McAreavey, 27, was strangled in her room on the Legends Hotel in Mauritius on January 10 2011.

The trainer, who had married husband John 10 days earlier, was attacked after she returned to her room alone and disturbed a housebreaking.

No-one has been convicted of murdering the daughter of Gaelic soccer supervisor Mickey Harte.

In the social media video numerous men seem to sing concerning the murder of Mrs McAreavey.

Mr Bell and Mr McDade admitted it was an “offensive, vile and wholly abhorrent chant”.

“This Facebook live video was not streamed with the intent of broadcasting any offensive chants whatsoever, rather it was generally broadcasting from the room.

John McAreavey, widower of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey (Charles Chan/PA)

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“However, whether broadcast or not, the relevant chants should never have been sung either in public or private.

“We offer our sincerest and deepest apology to the Harte and McAreavey families, and indeed to wider society for our actions which whilst fuelled by alcohol, can neither be mitigated or excused in any shape or form.

“Our apology is unequivocal, and our acceptance of wrongdoing is absolute,” the 2 men mentioned.

The men, in an announcement issued by JWB Consultancy, mentioned that the incident was not reflective of who they’re.



It’s past comprehension that folks might behave in that method, and to be so detached to the trauma of that the household suffered and in your entire neighborhood

Micheal Martin

“Several family members and friends have been subjected to online threats and abuse in recent hours due to our unacceptable actions.

“This is unfair and unwarranted; it is us and us alone who are responsible for our actions.

“In addition, this behaviour is unreflective of the values of the Loyal Orders and the wider unionist and loyalist community.

“Whilst brought upon ourselves, this incident has had a significant impact upon us and we ask for privacy at this time,” the men mentioned.

Earlier on Friday, the PSNI confirmed that it was investigating the contents of the video.

A PSNI spokesperson mentioned: “Police are aware of the video posted online and are examining the content to determine if any offences may have been committed.”



It’s so sick and shameful. Thinking concerning the Harte household who’ve been so sturdy and dignified. They don’t deserve this

Justin McNulty, SDLP MLA

Linfield Football Club moved on Friday to sack a membership volunteer allegedly concerned in the video.

In an announcement, the membership confirmed that it had contacted a women’ academy coach in relation to the video.

The membership mentioned that his “voluntary association with the club has been terminated with immediate effect”.

The assertion known as the video “offensive, sickening and deeply hurtful”, including: “Linfield FC apologises to the Harte/McAreavey families for the hurt that has been caused to them by the offensive actions of one of our now former coaches.

Construction supplies company Norman Emerson Group also issued a statement to say it was looking into the alleged involvement of an employee and said that a “full and thorough internal investigation” was underneath method.

The Orange Order mentioned an inquiry into the video contents had began.

A Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland spokesperson mentioned: “The behaviour of those involved and their actions have no place in our society and certainly do not reflect the ethos of our organisation.

“The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has instigated an inquiry into the incident and if any of those involved are found to be members of the institution, they will face disciplinary proceedings.”

Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill mentioned that she had spoken to John McAreavey to supply “solidarity” to the households.

“Hate and sectarianism have no place in our society. People deserve better. Love over hate will always win out.”

DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson additionally labelled the video “vile”.

“It is plain wrong and is deeply hurtful to the family of Michaela McAreavey,” he tweeted.

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty wrote on social media: “Fist pumping, table banging, clapping, laughing, jeering – singing a song about the shocking murder of one of the most beautiful people you could ever meet.

“It’s so sick and shameful. Thinking about the Harte family who’ve been so strong and dignified. They do not deserve this.”

DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley mentioned: “This is wrong on so many levels. I remember the utter devastation felt by all following the tragic killing of Michaela McAreavey.

“My thoughts are with the McAreavey and Harte family circles and I condemn this vile video.”

Ulster Unionist chief Doug Beattie mentioned on Twitter that the video was “absolutely abhorrent, disgusting and shameful”.

UUP deputy chief Robbie Butler mentioned he was “absolutely appalled and disgusted” on the video.

TUV chief Jim Allister tweeted: “The video glorying in the murder of Michaela McAreavey is beyond disgusting, bringing shame and dishonour on all associated with such loathsome behaviour.”

Irish premier Micheal Martin, talking concerning the video in Dublin, mentioned that sectarianism in Northern Ireland needed to be addressed.

“It’s beyond comprehension that people could behave in that manner, and to be so indifferent to the trauma of that the family suffered and in the entire community.

“I think it speaks to a sectarianism and the degree of malice and hate in society that needs to be dealt with, and those involved in should apologise, in the first instance, and those involved should reflect strongly on that.

“It’s just beyond comprehension, and shocking.”

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