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Vile rant Gym owner 'not sorry' for saying Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill should die 'slowly and painfully'

Her and Michelle O’Neil, I pray both of them die soon, genuinely pray they die... slowly and painfully."

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Pol Murray in his gym

Pol Murray in his gym

Gym owner Pol Murray has no regrets over his Facebook remarks

Gym owner Pol Murray has no regrets over his Facebook remarks

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Pol Murray in his gym

A GYM owner was defiant after saying Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill should die “slowly and painfully” over the implementation of tougher Covid-19 restrictions.

In an expletive-laden defence of a Facebook post made last week after the announcement of a six-week lockdown, Pol Murray told the Sunday World that he “genuinely hoped” the First and Deputy First Minister would die.

The Primal Strength and Movement gym owner had taken to social media to blast what he called “draconian” measures, which will see all non-essential businesses close from December 26.

Sharing a screenshot of a news story quoting DUP leader Arlene Foster to followers, the west Belfast-born MMA fighter and fitness enthusiast said: “What a f***** ****!!

“Her and Michelle O’Neil, I pray both of them die soon, genuinely pray they die... slowly and painfully.

“I hope they have time while in pain to realise the suffering they caused.”

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Some of Fittness coach Pol Murray's facebook posts

Some of Fittness coach Pol Murray's facebook posts

Some of Fittness coach Pol Murray's facebook posts

Mr Murray also shared a copy of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, which appears to have been made to the Department of Finance, which states the number of deaths in which Covid-19 “alone” had been mentioned on death certificates here.

According to the letter, dated December 15, 2020, 86 of the 1,301 coronavirus deaths recorded had recorded the disease registered singularly on death certificates.

Mr Murray’s post, which was liked and shared multiple times, also included abusive replies about Ms O’Neill’s daughter.

In another Facebook post, Mr Murray – who boasts that he has never worn a mask – urged people to stop getting tested for the virus. He also claimed that those that wore a mask were the reason why Covid-19 cases were increasing.

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Gym owner Pol Murray has no regrets over his Facebook remarks

Gym owner Pol Murray has no regrets over his Facebook remarks

Gym owner Pol Murray has no regrets over his Facebook remarks

He wrote: “Non mask wearers aren’t getting tested so it stands to reason that all you mask wearers are the problem.

“YOU are the reason the numbers are increasing MASKS DO NOT WORK!”

He added: “Stop getting tested and the cases stop rising and their justification for all this madness ceases.”

When contacted by the Sunday World this week, Mr Murray, whose Primal Strength gym is based in Lisburn, defended his comments.

“I don’t give a f***, it’s my own opinion,” he said.

“My business has been affected, how am I going to feed my children? What about the suicides that are going to happen because of these draconian measures?

“Are we just going to pretend that didn’t happen?”

When asked whether he thought his remarks about the First and Deputy First Ministers were justified, he replied: “I genuinely hope they die a slow and painful death.

“Both of them are horrible b****** who are purely using this for political gains. They are using the orange and green angle to keep this going.

“I hate them, they are absolute horrible b*******. I’ve had enough of this country, I’ve had enough of this bullsh*t.

“It’s all lies, everyone is being divided by politics.

“Are you going to pull them for what they have done? Eighty-five people have died in this country from Covid, every other death has been Covid-related.”

Last week, Northern Ireland Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride warned against the dangers of spreading misinformation around the pandemic online.

Calling it an “insult” to health workers and those who died, Dr McBride said as well as managing the virus, the health service has had to contend with self-proclaimed experts, false stories and baseless conspiracy theories.

Ahead of new lockdown measures set to apply from yesterday, he urged the public to come together as they did in the spring.

“This is the first pandemic that we have tried to manage in a time of social media and I think that has been part of the challenge,” he said.

“More so than ever before, the disinformation, the misinformation, those that portray themselves as experts, those who use the benefit of hindsight to say ‘you should have done this’.

“It’s easy after the event when you know all of the characteristics of the virus you are dealing with.

“I think at times that has probably undermined public confidence.

“You’re managing Covid and managing the response to it, but you’re also trying to stop the false stories and baseless conspiracy theories from gaining traction.

“Unfortunately some people are spreading dangerous untruths and encouraging others to ignore vital public health advice.

“I’m aware of some malicious and harmful claims and frankly these false narratives are an insult to our hardworking and dedicated health and social care workers who are giving everything and more in the fight against Covid-19, as well as the all too many who have already lost their lives.

“It’s time for some who should know better to wise up, grow up and catch themselves on.”

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