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Van Morrison suggests Arlene Foster should be arrested for singing in public

In a new video, Morrison repeated his claim that Health Minister Robin Swann was "very dangerous" and said the former first minister was "also in that category"

VAN Morrison has suggested that Arlene Foster should be arrested for breaching Covid regulations by singing in public at the British Irish Council.

In a new video, Morrison repeated his claim that Health Minister Robin Swann was "very dangerous" and said the former first minister was "also in that category".

A row erupted after four gigs by Morrison at the Europa Hotel were cancelled at the last minute on Thursday June 10 because live music is still not permitted under coronavirus regulations.

Following the cancellation, the outspoken critic of Covid-19 restrictions took to the stage and addressed the audience of 140, chanting "Robin Swann is very dangerous".

Video footage then showed him inviting DUP MP Mr Paisley on to the stage, where they continued the chant.

In her last official engagement as first minister last Friday, Mrs Foster serenaded political leaders with Frank Sinatra's That's Life.

The outgoing Stormont political leader broke into song at the British Irish Council summit in her home county of Fermanagh.

Morrison was critical of this in a new video, comparing it to his own concerts being cancelled.

"We were told that we would be arrested if anybody sang. I wonder have the police investigated Arlene Foster over this breaking of the law by signing in public? Are they going to arrest Arlene Foster? I very much doubt it," he said.

"Same old story, one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us."

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