Diane Forsythe said,
“This is a time of mourning for people from all faiths and none who fondly remember Queen Elizabeth II.
The videos circulating from Quinn's Bar, Newcastle of a packed room celebrating and mocking the death of our Queen are sickening. For such hatred to be so widespread in the community where I live and represent is as worrying as it is depraved.
I have been in contact with the PSNI and asked them to investigate several events this weekend. Videos circulating on social media clearly identify people. Their actions should be considered alongside hate legislation.
This comes on the back of fans at several football matches in the Republic of Ireland mocking Her Majesty’s passing.
I call for leadership from the nationalist and republican elected representatives in South Down.
Whilst people all over the world mourn the passing of our Head of State, a family also mourn a mother, grand-mother and great-grand-mother. It is time for leadership. Such hatred should be rejected.”
Cllr Alan Lewis added “I am disgusted to see this behaviour, especially at a time of national mourning, it really shows how low some people can go. To behave like this and be so proud of it to post on social media is a total disgrace.”