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NI minister caught in abuse row
24 Apr 2015 22:10
Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Jim Wells, is at the centre of a political controversy after he linked child abuse and gay relationships.
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During a public debate involving candidates in the South Down Westminster constituency last night, Mr Wells said " You don't bring up a child in a homosexual relationship..that child is far more likely to be abused and neglected..."
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Mr Wells subsequently apologised for his comments and said he came to the meeting unprepared as he had been with his wife in hospital where she is recovering from a stroke.
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Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's First Minister, said Mr Wells' position as health minister is no longer tenable.
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The DUP is standing by him and says he accepts his remarks were offensive.
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