Sinn Fein man blasts McDonald's new burger as partitionist

NewsBy Roisin Gorman
The new burger, the McMor
The new burger, the McMor

A Sinn Fein MLA says McDonald’s special edition burger is a big mistake because it’s not on sale in Northern Ireland.

Barry McElduff says the limited edition burger is partitionist because it’s only available in the Republic.

McDonalds new McMor – mor is Gaelic for big – celebrates the best of Irish cuisine.

But West Tyrone MLA Barry had blasted that it’s not big enough to stretch across the border.

“It does not incorporate the six counties. If it's available in Letterkenny then it should be available in Omagh," he said.

"There is a popular McDonald's in Omagh and I know the patrons in the county of Tyrone would fully expect to have the choice of a McMór.

"McDonald's is a global firm and some people have concerns about its ethics, but we can now add the sin of partitionism to the list."

The burger was rustled up by the chain’s Ireland Chefs Council which met for the first time last year to create a new product with real Irish flavours.

It boasts that the burger is made from Irish beef, the bun contains potato flakes, and it’s topped with cabbage, kale, Ballymaloe Relish and Charleville Cheddar.

But the Sinn Fein MLA is not the only person to object to McDonald’s latest offering.

The company had described it as an ‘artisan’ burger which is a "tribute to the best produce and the finest flavours from across Ireland.”

It had to admit that was wrong after the Irish Food Safety Authority said that breached its rules about what constitutes an artisan product – something made in limited numbers by skilled craftspeople.

In a statement McDonalds said it had created the McMor specifically for its Republic of Ireland customers.

"McDonald's Northern Ireland is part of the McDonald's UK business,” said the company.