Thatcher death celebrations “distasteful”

Visit of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St. Angelo Airport outside Enniskillen where she is pictured inspecting the 39 Field Regiment of Royal Artillery who presented her with a beret by Col Kit Faith who is their commander. Pacemaker Press Intl.  6th March 1981''195/81/BW
Visit of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St. Angelo Airport outside Enniskillen where she is pictured inspecting the 39 Field Regiment of Royal Artillery who presented her with a beret by Col Kit Faith who is their commander. Pacemaker Press Intl. 6th March 1981''195/81/BW
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Derry’s MP Mark Durkan has described dissident republican celebrations in the city following the death of Margaret Thatcher as “distasteful.”

A crowd gathered at Free Derry corner on Monday night only hours after the former British PM’s death.

Mr Durkan said: “There is no doubt that Margaret Thatcher had a controversial impact on political life here and divided opinion.

“However, I don’t think anyone’s death is a matter for celebration and rejoicing.

“It is a matter of standards and decency.

“I think it is cynical and offensive to celebrate anyone’s death no matter how disagreeable anyone finds her policies.

“Distasteful demonstrations of that sort of nature ask as many questions about the attitude of those behind them as they do of those whose passing they are celebrating”.

The north’s deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also called on people to refrain from celebrating.

On Tuesday he tweeted: “Resist celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. She was not a peacemaker but it is a mistake to allow her death to poison our minds.”