Victor Warrington from Brookeborough, who is standing in the Erne East ward in the election next month, took to the social-networking website recently to question the popularity of Sinn Fein.
Mr. Warrington wrote: “I sometimes ask the question if the majority of Roman Catholics are peaceful and against terrorism then why are SF still the main nationalist/republican party especially when they still don’t show remorse for their past atrocities.”
But in a statement to The Impartial Reporter, Mr. Warrington has accepted that this was “a badly worded question”.
“The peaceful majority, from all religions including Protestants and Roman Catholics, maintained the peace whilst others such as Sinn Fein were apologists for terrorism. Sinn Fein should make clear that all violence was wrong. No one needed to die to get to where we are today. Whilst Sinn Fein are ambivalent about past violence, it gives succour to the republican terrorists of today,” he said.
This is not the first time the UUP Council candidate has defended himself over comments he has made on Facebook.
Back in March, he called Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly “scum” and a “tramp” on the website after it was revealed that Mr. Kelly was taking legal action against the PSNI over an incident (which he later dropped) where he was carried on the bonnet of a police Land Rover.
At the time, Mr. Warrington said his comments were “very much part and parcel of the cut and thrust of politics”.