Eastwood slams Paisley over behaviour at Van Morrison gig

Fri, 11/06/2021 - 16:19 -- Editor

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has commented on events at last night's Van Morrison concert in Belfast, during which Ian Paisley Jnr. joined him on stage to protest about the recent ban on live music gigs by chanting that Health Minister Robin Swann was 'very dangerous'.

Following the events at the Europa Hotel last night with Van Morrison and Ian Paisley Jr MP, SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said: “Last night’s Van Morrison and Ian Paisley Jr duet at the Europa Hotel was, frankly, embarrassing.

“Health Minister Robin Swann has been at the forefront, alongside all of our health workers, in dealing with the covid pandemic.

“We all want to get back to gigs and live events, and that will hopefully happen in the next few weeks, but proclaiming Robin Swann as being ‘very dangerous’ is just pathetic. Those comments fly in the face of those who have died and lost loved ones as a result of Covid-19.

“Our focus now should be on ensuring that everyone is able to receive the vaccine and the post-pandemic recovery, not vilifying those who are making decisions to keep us safe.

“Van Morrison has let himself down, but Ian Paisley Jr should know better.”

Following the events at the Europa Hotel last night with Van Morrison and Ian Paisley Jr MP, SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said: “Last night’s Van Morrison and Ian Paisley Jr duet at the Europa Hotel was, frankly, embarrassing.

“Health Minister Robin Swann has been at the forefront, alongside all of our health workers, in dealing with the covid pandemic.

“We all want to get back to gigs and live events, and that will hopefully happen in the next few weeks, but proclaiming Robin Swann as being ‘very dangerous’ is just pathetic. Those comments fly in the face of those who have died and lost loved ones as a result of Covid-19.

“Our focus now should be on ensuring that everyone is able to receive the vaccine and the post-pandemic recovery, not vilifying those who are making decisions to keep us safe.

“Van Morrison has let himself down, but Ian Paisley Jr should know better.”