'Rot in hell Marty' sign removed from Moygashel wall

Mid Ulster DUP councillor Kim Ashton
Mid Ulster DUP councillor Kim Ashton

A Moygashel poster 'celebrating' the death of Martin McGuiness has now been removed from a wall in the Dungannon village of Moygashel.

That's according to Mid Ulster DUP councillor Kim Ashton who said she was in talks with the community to have the placard - which was described as 'vile' by Sinn Fein MLA Michelle Gildernew - removed on Friday.

The image, which has now been removed

The image, which has now been removed

The image became public knowledge the day after former deputy First Minister's funeral on Thursday, and was slated by both Mrs Gildernew and Mid Ulster Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy, as well as a member of the public.

The PSNI's Chief Inspector Roy Robinson said on Friday: "Police are aware of an offensive poster that has been erected in the Moygashell area of Dungannon and are working with people in the community to have it removed."

While local DUP councillor Kim Ashton said: "I am aware of the sign and am working with the community to try and come to a resolution."

She has since confirmed its removal, but would not comment further.

Ten of thousands paid their respects at martin McGuinness' funeral

Ten of thousands paid their respects at martin McGuinness' funeral

The message was blasted by Michelle Gildernew as being in "direct contrast to the events yesterday (Thursday) where tens of thousands came from across Ireland and the globe to pay respects to a political leader in a dignified manner".

Francie Molloy called for the poster to be "removed without delay" adding: "Surely it falls within a hate crime."

Commenting on his remarks, Mid Ulster TUV representative Walter Millar said the poster didn’t say anything different than what Norman Tebbitt had said regarding the death of Martin McGuinness when he said he hoped that "he would be parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell".

Mr Tebitt's wife was paralysed from the waist down when the pair became victims of the IRA's 1984 Brighton Bomb.

Mr Millar added: "Molloy's remarks about this poster causing concern for shoppers in the Linen Green shopping complex was nonsense and hypocritical coming from someone who had supported an IRA campaign which bombed the shopping centres of nearly every town in Northern Ireland - including Dungannon several times."

He also said he hoped DUP Councillor Kim Ashton, who had been speaking to those in the community to resolve this issue, would call on Sinn Fein to condemn and apologise for all acts of IRA terrorism, before adding that the phrase the "Bogside Butcher" had been used repeatedly by many DUP Politicians over the years.

Tens of thousands - including DUP leader Arlene Foster, party colleague Simon Hamilton and the UUP's Mike Nesbitt - turned out to pay their respects at the funeral of Martin McGuinness, who renounced violence to work towards equality in the province through political means.