Ian Paisley apologises 'profusely' for sharing tweet likening Muslims to murderers
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Ian Paisley apologises 'profusely' for sharing tweet likening Muslims to murderers

DUP politician Ian Paisley Jr. has apologised for retweeting an 'Islamophobic' post by controversial commentator Katie Hopkins.

The North Antrim MP shared Hopkins tweet on Sunday, which read: "March 2018. London has a higher murder rate than New York... and Ramadan's not yet begun."

Mr Paisley has since removed the retweet from his Twitter account, and apologised to his followers.

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Taking to Twitter last night, he wrote: "Mea culpa earlier today I glanced at a tweet & rt about # of murders in London. Didn't take cognisance of Ramadan ref.

"Once brought to my attention immediately deleted. Apologise profusely for offence caused."

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting.

It appears Hopkins' tweet was intended to liken the religious celebration to Islamic terrorism and London's murder rate.

A spokesperson for the DUP said they deplored the sentiments behind Ms Hopkins' post.

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The loyalist party, which has 10 MPs currently sitting at Westminster, described the message as "inappropriate".

They said the matter will be discussed by party officials at their next meeting.

Meanwhile, Hopkins has posted another tweet commending Mr Paisley for his support.

She wrote: "Never apologise Ian. It only encourages them."

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