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Marsden man sacked for ‘drunken’ IRA Facebook rant

A Marsden man has been sacked after posting an alleged racist rant against Catholics on Facebook

Henry Bailiff's offensive Facebook post

A man has been sacked after posting an alleged racist rant against Catholics on Facebook.

Henry Bailiff, a Protestant Loyalist from Glasgow, raged against Catholics and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.

Writing last Friday, the Glorious Twelfth or Orangeman’s Day – the day which celebrates the Protestant William of Orange’s victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 – Mr Bailiff urged Loyalists to “take up arms” and “murder (and) slaughter the innocent”.

Married father-of-one Mr Bailiff, 50, of Marsden, worked for Longwood-based Yorkshire Hoist Ltd.

The company was named as his employer on his Facebook page and the firm was inundated with complaints after a screen grab of the post was circulated.

The Examiner understands the firm received at least 10 complaints.

The company moved immediately to condemn the remarks and terminated his contract on Monday.

Mr Bailiff, a supervisor with the firm, said he posted the comments after he had been drinking.

Mr Bailiff has also been reported to West Yorkshire Police for allegedly inciting racial hatred and sending a malicious communication.

One of those who complained, a Catholic man from London, told the Examiner he was shocked at the remarks and the timing of them.

He added: “There are a few nasty people on the internet but these remarks were diabolical.

“This man is not from Northern Ireland. He’s from Glasgow and lives in England.

“My family and friends have all been through (the Troubles) and we don’t need people stirring things. It could encourage people to go out and start rioting.”

Mr Bailiff’s post says: “Enough is enough. Peaceful marches and protests just don’t work. IRA and Sinn Fein are where they are today accepted by government because of the peace agreement.

“So every Loyalist lets take up arms lets murder slaughter the innocent let them call us what they want.

“We just might get accepted if we agree to peace, they might even set up Protestant Long Kesh museum.

“They might give European aid. Who says the bomb and gun don’t make a difference?”

Long Kesh is a name given to the Maze Prison blocks where paramilitary prisoners were housed during the Troubles.

Mr Bailiff said he had been forwarded the original post and cut and pasted it on the Protestant Coalition page on Facebook. It then appeared on the timeline on his own page.

He said he had been drinking at the time and now recognised what he said was wrong.

He has apologised to those he offended and said he had since been hounded on Facebook and has since been forced to close his account.

Mr Bailiff confirmed he had been sacked and added: “It was stupid, immature and childish and, believe me, I am regretting it now.

“It was frightening what was happening on my Facebook page and I am really fearing for my family.”

Mr Bailiff said he grew up in Glasgow but left in 1990 and was no longer involved in sectarian campaigning.

The marching season in Belfast exploded into rioting last weekend when 32 police officers were hurt in clashes, forcing hundreds of officers to be sent over from Britain.

The violence erupted after Loyalists protested against a ban on north Belfast Orangemen returning via their traditional route from the main celebration in the city of King William of Orange’s victory.

 

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