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Orange Order investigating video mocking Michaela McAreavey's murder

Michaela McAreavey and her husband John
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The Orange Order is investigating a video showing people appearing to mock the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

There has been widespread condemnation of the footage which has been shared widely on social media.

The 27-year-old was killed while honeymooning in Mauritius in 2011.

Although it is not known where the video was filmed there are Orange Order paintings in the background.

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland released a statement this morning describing the video has "utterly abhorrent" and condeming it "without reservation".

The organisation said it was investigating and if anyone involved in the incident was a member they would "face disciplinary proceedings".

Read more: Two men apologise for their involvement in the video 

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said: “The video currently circulating on social media relating to the murder of Michaela McAreavey is utterly abhorrent and the Orange Institution condemns the content without reservation. The behaviour of those involved and their actions have no place in our society and certainly do not reflect the ethos of our organisation.

“The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has instigated an inquiry into the incident and if any of those involved are found to be members of the Institution, they will face disciplinary proceedings.”

The PSNI said it was aware of the video "and we are examining the content to determine if any offences may have been committed".

The footage has been condemned by elected representatives across the political spectrum.

Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildnernew and Alliance's Kate Nicholl said they had reported it to police while TUV leader Jim Allister said it brought "shame and dishonour" on everyone associated "with such loathsome behaviour".

UUP leader Doug Beattie described it as "abhorrent, disgusting and shameful" and the SDLP's Justin McNulty said the footage was "sick and shameful".

Former DUP leader Arlene Foster tweeted "... so wrong and hateful. Sending love to the Harte and McAreavey families" and current party leader Jeffrey Donaldson tweeted "This is vile. It is plain wrong and is deeply hurtful to the family of Michaela McAreavey".



Taoiseach Micheál Martin has condemned the video.

“I was appalled and horrified at that video,” the Taoiseach told reporters at the ALDE party congress in Dublin.

“We all remember that horrific murder of Michaela McAreavey. It’s beyond comprehension that people could behave in that manner, and to be so indifferent to the trauma of that the family suffered and in the entire community.

“I think it speaks to a sectarianism and the degree of malice and hate in society that needs to be dealt with, and those involved in should apologise, in the first instance, and those involved should reflect strongly on that.

“It’s just beyond comprehension, and shocking.”

Read more: Two men apologise for their involvement in the video 


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