Change from Stirling..?

DUP councillor Robin Stirling – possibly the loudest expression of the party’s “spiritual wing” – could never be described as a man who minces his words. But has the hardline unionist expositor had a change of heart about all things Irish? According to the Sunday Times, Stirling particularly enjoys Dublin’s bookshops and libraries. “To me, it’s a different country,” he said. “And this difference is refreshing.” Ah, but then in the Council debate on the Dublin riots, Cllr Stirling went on to slam the Pope for nurturing what he called ‘vile anti-Protestantism’: “What mechanism of indoctrination is responsible for this vile anti-Protestantism? The utterances of bigoted Roman catholic clerics comes to mind. The present Pope, the former Cardinal Ratzinger, claimed the Reformed Churches had no spiritual validity.” Normal service is resumed. Phew!

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    Is he the same councillor who claimed expenses for travelling to the Love Ulster rally?

  • slug

    Olibhar it says in the article linked that this was a joke on Stirling’s part. Here is the piece in full:

    “A united Ireland may be closer than we think. A DUP councillor in Ballymena has revealed that he visits Dublin regularly and finds the south “refreshing”. Ian Paisley acolyte Robin Stirling particularly enjoys Dublin’s bookshops and libraries. “To me, it’s a different country,” he said. “And this difference is refreshing.”

    But Stirling caused a stir when he suggested that the ratepayers should pay his expenses for a recent three-day trip that “dovetailed” with the Love Ulster parade. When challenged, Stirling said it was all a joke. “Some people did not appreciate that I was being facetious,” he said.

    So let’s recap: a DUP councillor who loves Dublin and uses humour. Surely shome mishtake.

  • Ballymena Man

    It was no joke! William Wilkinson, a fellow DUP Cllr & Love Ulster Organiser, was on 7FM(Local Radio Station) the day after the meeting defending Cllr Stirling’s right to claim for the Love Ulster trip. Then Cllr Stirling spoke to the local newspapers and denied that he was serious and said that he was only joking – making them both look like fools!! Trust me, if you know Robin Stirling hes not renowned for his sense of humour!

  • Ballymena Man

    ‘Playing the drums’ on the Council benches while the SF Cllr speaks? Fair play to the DUP Chair for apprehending his fellow party Councillors but honestly, what age are they?!!!

  • slug

    Actually I am surprised that people think the DUP wouldn’t use humour. Of all the NI parties they seem the most likely to use humour – whether Ian Paisley or Sammy Wilson.

  • qubol

    the really worrying thing is that these morons might have more power with the bigger councils.

  • willis

    Slug

    I dunno

    “They haven’t gone away you know” really cracked me up

    willis