Orange Order inquiry over video mocking woman’s murderon June 3, 2022 at 10:25 am

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The video appears to show a group of people mocking the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius.

John and Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day in 2011

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The Orange Order has launched an inquiry into a social media video appearing to show a group of people singing a song mocking the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius.

The order has described the video as “utterly abhorrent”.

Politicians from the main Northern Ireland parties have condemned the video and those taking part in the singing.

Police said they were examining the content to determine if any offences had been committed.

It has not yet been confirmed when and where the footage was taken, but it was filmed in a room decorated with union flags and Orange Order paintings.

Michaela McAreavey, a 27-year-old Irish language teacher from County Tyrone, was killed while on honeymoon in 2011.

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said the institution condemned the content of the video “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.

“If any of those involved are found to be members of the Institution, they will face disciplinary proceedings.”

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew told her Twitter followers she had already made a police complaint about the video and “will be taking further action”.

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Doug Beattie described the footage as “absolutely abhorrent, disgusting and shameful”.

Jonathan Buckley from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said it was “wrong on so many levels”.

‘Shameful’

“I remember the utter devastation felt by all following the tragic killing of Michaela McAreavey. My thoughts are with the McAreavey and Harte family circles and I condemn this vile video,” he tweeted.

Alliance assembly member Kate Nicholl said: “How her poor family must feel. I have reported to the police.”

Justin McNulty from the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) said the footage appeared “sick and shameful”.

Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV leader) Jim Allister said: “The video glorying in the murder of Michaela McAreavey is beyond disgusting, bringing shame and dishonour on all associated with such loathsome behaviour.”

Mrs McAreavey was found strangled in a bathtub at her honeymoon hotel 12 days after her wedding to John McAreavey.

Her widower continues to lead a long campaign to bring her killers to justice, but so far no-one has been convicted over her death.

Mrs McAreavey was the daughter of former Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) football manager Mickey Harte, who managed the County Tyrone team for 18 years.

Michaela graduated from Queen's University on the same day in 2006 that her father Mickey Harte received an honorary doctorate

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She was married in her home village of Ballygawley, County Tyrone, on 30 December 2010.

The couple were staying in room 1025 of the Legends Hotel in Mauritius.

On 10 January 2011, Mrs McAreavey went to their room to collect biscuits and was not seen alive again.

The police later said she had been strangled to death after disturbing intruders who broke into the room to steal money.

The loyalist campaigner Jamie Bryson also described the footage as “vile”.

Writing on Twitter he said: “The disgraceful video- mocking the death of a young woman- doing the rounds does not represent unionism or loyalism.”

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