McAleese cancels Shankill visit

20/02/2005 - 20:41:16

President Mary McAleese has cancelled plans to visit the Shankill Road in Belfast this week, it emerged tonight.

Her spokeswoman said the president would meet staff and patients at Belfast City Hospital, deliver the O’Connell Lecture at St Malachy’s College and visit the Hannahstown area in west Belfast, however.

President McAleese was caught up in a storm of controversy on the 60th anniversary of the holocaust when she stated that Nazi hatred of Jews was similar to the way in which Protestant parents had instilled a distrust for Catholics in their children.

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