What Robbie Butler saw – an extract of the interview about DUP MLAs' anti-Catholic behaviour

Robbie Butler was criticised for attending a civic reception for Pope Francis. Picture by Mal McCann

The following is an extract from an interview with Robbie Butler about the ridicule and criticism he received from DUP MLAs after accepting an invitation to a civic reception for Pope Francis. Mr Butler declined to reveal the names of those responsible but The Irish News learned their identities from a separate source and published their names in the public interest:

John Manley: A DUP MLA in the corridors of Stormont.. are we alright to give it that… context?

Robbie Butler: I would say an MLA, yes, an MLA in passing.

JM: That said you a) you wrong to go and that b) referred to the Pope as the anti-Christ?

RB: Yeah.

JM: Right OK I’m alright with that. And would I be right in saying there was another MLA who blessed himself?

RB: That’s correct.

JM: Right OK. That’s alright by me and obviously he blessed himself in a way as to ridicule?

RB: (He) perhaps thought it was funny

JM: Yeah.

RB: He perhaps thought it was funny. And I didn’t. I didn’t think it was funny. It was silly juvenile gesture, I would hope at worst.

JM: And do you want to explain to me why you don’t want to name those individuals?

RB: That’s just my character.

 Christopher Stalford (left) and Mervyn Storey

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