‘Curry my yoghurt’ divides online Journal readers

Gregory Campbell
Gregory Campbell

DUP MP, Gregory Campbell, is no stranger to controversy.

After Mr. Campbell’s comments in Stormont last week, we asked our readers if they thought he should be made to apologise.

We asked, Should Gregory Campbell be made apologise over the comments he made about the Irish language?

Sixty-seven per cent of our online readers believed what Mr. Campbell said was offensive and that he should be made apologise while 33 per cent regarded the incident as a storm in a tea cup and said people should have a sense of humour about what happened.

The Derry born politician found himself in hot water last week when he appeared to mock the Irish language when he addressed the assembly in Stormont.

Mr. Campbell was invited to speak by principal vice-speaker, Mitchell McLaughlin, and appeared to say “Curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer”.

When addressing the assembly, some members of Sinn Fein chose to start their statements with “In Irish, the phrase “go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comhairle” which means “thank you, speaker”.

Some members of Sinn Fein described Mr. Campbell’s actions as nothing but “pure ignorance”.

As a result, Mr. Campbell was barred from speaking at Stormont for a day but the punishment had virtually no impact as the East Londonderry MP was in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster when the ban was in effect.

To take part in this week’s poll, visit our website, www.derryjournal.com