SDLP Derry City Councillor Jimmy Carr has unreservedly apologised today for remarks he made about a fellow councillor’s Scottish accent. He said:
“I want to unreservedly apologise to Cllr Eric McGinley for my rash and insensitive remarks.
“I will be offering my apology in person to Cllr McGinley today.
“I regret that I did not take the opportunity to retract the words I used in Facebook earlier.
“It is now clear to me that my attempt to justify or explain the context of the original sentiment has only served to reinforce people’s misgivings.
“I am deeply sorry that I allowed my genuine frustration about an issue of some civic principle and fairness to be expressed in terms which would be found unworthy of myself or my party.
“As well as offering my apology to Cllr McGinley I also want to apologise to all my party colleagues and members for expressing myself in such terms that failed to represent the SDLP’s ethic of inclusion and respect for diversity.
“I respect the valuable contribution that many people who are originally from outside Derry make in so many ways to the life of this city.
“I should not have allowed any frustration in the Council Chamber or in the media to come over as prejudiced or insensitive in any way.
“I hope that Cllr McGinley, my own party and the Derry public whom I am proud to serve will accept this reflective retraction as a truer measure of my nature than the rash words or defensive outbursts which caused the offence which I recognise and want to repair.”