Woman at center of ‘Up the Ra’ video controversy takes time off from school role

Woman at center of ‘Up the Ra’ video controversy takes time off from school role
Woman at center of ‘Up the Ra’ video controversy takes time off from school role

A WOMAN at the center of a viral video controversy involving former DUP leader Arlene Foster has taken time off from her role at a school in Co Armagh.

Crossmaglen’s Sinead Murtagh was named this week several days after he approached Dame Arlene for a selfie during an awards event at the Europa Hotel.

A video was later posted online where she chanted “Up the Ra”.

The clip caused outrage as the former Prime Minister’s father was nearly murdered by the IRA in 1979 and a school bus she was traveling in was the target of an IRA bomb attack in 1988.

Ms Murtagh has yet to comment publicly on the matter, but it emerged she had previously volunteered at St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook as a counsellor.

A statement from the school read: ‘St Paul’s High School is aware of an incident on social media and is following appropriate procedures. The woman in question had volunteered with the school. However, due to recent circumstances, she has requested a period of personal leave and the school supports her in this decision.

“St Paul’s Secondary School continues to work tirelessly to embrace diversity and encourage multicultural harmony.”

The Catholic Maintained Schools Board, the teaching staff management authority, said it was unable to comment as Ms Murtagh is not employed by the body.

Since Ms Murtagh’s name was made public, she has also faced a backlash on social media, with many criticizing her behaviour. Many also made abusive and misogynistic comments about him.

Earlier this week, Dame Arlene claimed sectarian incidents had become normalized and pointed to comments by Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill over the summer who said there was “no ‘alternative’ to the IRA’s armed campaign.

In response, Ms O’Neill urged people to act civilly in public discourse.

Lady Arlene invited Ms Murtagh to meet her to visit a graveyard in Co Fermanagh to see how many lives the IRA had had.

Last night, SDLP MP Justin McNulty said that although Ms Murtagh had made “a terrible mistake”, he did not think it was helpful for anyone to attack her personally.

“If given the chance to rewatch the event, I’m sure she wouldn’t repeat her behavior,” he said.

“The fact is that the concerted effort over a generation by political leaders to normalize, and in fact praise, the actions of the IRA has created an atmosphere where some people think it appropriate to worship the ‘IRA through these songs. The burden of responsibility for these incidents does not lie with the young woman in the video, she lies squarely at the feet of the political leaders who glorify IRA violence at every available opportunity. young woman.

“My hope is that there can be contact and reconciliation between Arlene Foster and the young woman in the video so that they can put this episode behind them.”

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. Woman center video controversy takes time school role

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