‘Off message’ Sinn Fein councillor deletes offensive Duke of Edinburgh post

On a day when the Sinn Fein leadership surprised many with courteous tributes to the late Duke of Edinburgh, one party councillor was slammed by Sammy Wilson over a “disgusting” social media post.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 8:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:28 am

Following the death of Prince Philip on Friday, Mid and East Antrim councillor James McKeown (Seamas MacEoin) posted a message on Facebook, making a joke of his passing.

Linking the duke’s death to the return of Rangers FC from administration and going on to win a 55th Scottish league title, Mr McKeown said: “Wonder if Prince Philip will come back the same person after dying saying he’s 55 and still going strong.”

Mr McKeown ended the message with emojis of laughing faces and the Irish tricolour.

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said it called Sinn Fein’s “respect agenda” into question.

In a Twitter message on Monday, posted along with an image of Mr McKeown’s message, the DUP representative said: “Quite disgusting comments from @sinnfeinireland councillor James McKeown following the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“The respect agenda evaporating by the day. Will action be taken?”

Mr McKeown’s message has since been removed from Facebook, but not before it attracted a number of scathing comments.

Mid and East Antrim Sinn Fein councillor James McKeown

One Twitter message said: “And so it goes on, I just despair, honestly it’s like a play school playground.

“No sorry that’s wrong the kids there are better behaved and have more decorum and manners.”

Among more than 100 responses, one person posted: “Never agreed with you before Sammy about anything: this is simply unacceptable.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers — and consequently the revenue we receive — we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to newsletter.co.uk and enjoy unlimited access to the best Northern Ireland and UK news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Alistair Bushe

Editor